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"In 1901, Indiana 
Fletcher Williams con- 
ceived and began this 
great institution. How I 
would like for her to be 
able to see this today... 
All of us, parents, 
teachers, administrators, 
board members and 
friends gathered at this 
ceremony to celebrate your 
accomplishments... to give 
you a last measure of 
guidance... to bid you 
farewell. Everyone here 
has been a part of the 
unique and grand 
preparation for the in- 
dependence you are about 
to experience. Now — // 
is your turn. You soon 
will have a new more 
substantial role in the 
world. From this time 
forward Sweet Briar 
would like you to live 
your life in a way that 
vindicates the faith, love 
and effort that have been 
invested in you." 

Sarah Porter Boehmler '65 
Commencement Address 
1986 

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VOLUME 57, NUMBER 1 



FALL 1986 



A Women's College Trilogy 

2 Women's Colleges — Seven Decades of Women 
Achievers 

by Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball 

4 A Continuing Role for Women's Colleges 

by Sister Kathleen Feeley, S.S.N.D. 

5 Sweet Briar: A Liberal Arts College for Women 

by Nenah E. Fry 



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back 
cover 



Finding the Woman of the '90s in the Girl 
of the '80s 

by Alice Love 
To the Class of '86 from the Class of '72 
with Love 

by Trish Neale Van Clief 72 
Renew, Revive and Remember: Reunion '86 

by Byrd W. Stone '56 
Reunion Wedding Bells 

by Martha Mansfield Clement '48 
Reunion Classes '86 

The Older Woman: Expectations and Challenges 
in the 21st Century 

by Milbrey Sebring Raney '65 
Association Perspective 

by Maiy K. Lee McDonald '65 
Jacquelyn Dwelle Dies 
Commencement Honors 
Notices 
Class Notes 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition 



Alumnae Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, July 1, 1986-June 30, 1987: Judith Greer Schulz 
'61, Lynchburg, VA, President; Winnie Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX. First Vice President & Director of Clubs; Patricia 
Neale Van Clief '72, Lexington, KY, Second Vice President; Anne Wilson Rowe '57, Fredericksburg, VA, Secretary; 
Anita Loving Lewis '41, East Berlin, PA. Treasurer (Finance Chairman); Jody Raines Brinkley '57, Richmond, VA, 
Alumnae Fund Chairman; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, Grosse Pointe, MI. Nominating Chairman; Nathalie Ryan Hoyt 
'72, Houston, TX. Alumnae Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard Grones '45, Virginia Beach. VA. Planned Giving 
Chairman; Sarah M. Bumbaugh '54. Ocean City, NJ, National Bulb Chairman; Karin L. Lawson '74, Alexandria. VA, 
Continuing Education Chairman; Cannie Crysler Sliafer '78. Narberth, PA, Financial Aid Chairman; Anne Stelle '78, 
Chicago, IL, Career Planning Chairman. 

Regional Chairmen: Anne Worboys Buske '61, Syracuse, NY; Barbara Sampson Borsch '59, Princeton. NJ; Ellen 
Harrison Saunders '75. Suffolk. VA; Mary Scales Lawson '70, Greenville, SC; I^ura Campbell Walker '68. Miami, 
FL; Sheila Carroll Cooprider '65, O'Fallon, IL; Nancie Howe Entenmann '56. 'Toledo. OH; Deborah Ziegler Hopkins 
'73. New Orleans, LA; Kathryn Prothro Yeager '61. Wichita Falls, TX; Penn Willets Mullin '66. San Rafael. CA. 

Members-at-large: Cecily V. Schulz '85, Charlottesville. VA; Katherine Connors Cassada '86, Charlotte, NC. 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the Alumnae Association and 
elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar: Elizabeth Trueheart 'Harris '49. Richmond. VA; Anna Chao 
Pai '57, Livingston, NJ; Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, Wilton. CT; E. Elaine Schuster '58. Oklahoma City OK. 

Ex officio: Mary K. Lee McDonald '65, Past President, Alumnae Association; Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41, Southern 
Pines, NC, Boxwood Circle Chairman, Fund Agent Chairman; Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon '69. Roswell, GA, Golden 
Stairs Chairman: Virginia Newman Blanchard '60, Madison, NJ, Reunion Gifts Chairman; Nancy Godwin Baldwin 
'57. Monroe. VA. Editor. Alumnae Magazine; Ann Morrison Reams '42. Lynchburg. VA. Director. Alumnae Association. 



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Editor: Nancy Godwnn Baldwin '57 

Assistant Editor and Class 

Notes Editor: Noreen Donnelly Parker 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion '74, 
The Design Group 
Lynchburg, Virginia 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 
0039-7342). Issued four times yearly; fall, winter, spring 
and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage 
paid at Sweet Bnar. VA 24595 and Lynchburg. VA 24506. 
Printed by Progress Printing Co.. Lynchburg, VA 24502. 
Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar College, Box E, Sweet 
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A 

WOMEN'S 
COLLEGE 
TRILOGY 



Women's Colleges — 
Seven Decades of 
Women Achievers 

By Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball 
Professor of Physiology 
George Washington University 
Medical Center 

I share space in this issue with 
two of the finest and brightest 
women I have been privileged to 
know, Sister Kathleen Feeley and 
Nenah Fry. I am always delighted to 
be in their midst, whether in person 
(which I obviously prefer) or on the 
printed page. I have known each of 
them for many years during which 
time they have been among that 
small but feisty band of those who 
are the most articulate and 
outspoken advocates of women's col- 
leges. Readers, you are in for a 
special treat! 

Often I am asked to describe "my 
study". Since I have devoted the ma- 
jority of my research energies to stu- 
dying environments for the higher 
education of women for almost 20 
years, it is somewhat disheartening 
to be asked in the singular! Yet I 
realize that one study of mine, 
published in 1973, was in fact a 
pioneering publication, not only 
because of its content but also for 
the very fact of its having gained the 
editor's nod of acceptance. Recently 
it was selected as a "Citation 
Classic" by the Institute for Scien- 
tific Information based on the 
number of times other researchers 
have referred to it in their scholarly 
writings and the fact that it has 
been cited more frequently than any 
other article ever published in the 
Educational Record. Still, as experts 
on women's colleges and the educa- 
tion of women — which you all are 
— you should be aware that I have 
performed a number of interrelated 
research studies which have, in turn, 
generated some 60 publications. 

Because I believe that alumnae of 
women's colleges should be among 
the most knowledgeable people in 
the society with respect to women's 
education and women's colleges, I 
have prepared a short piece about 
my research at the request of your 
editor. Along with Sister Kathleen's 



superb article on the continuing role 
of women's colleges, and President 
Fry's reaffirmation of SBC's commit- 
ment, you will have, all in one place, 
a mini-seminar which might be 
called "Women's Colleges: what they 
have done, why they must prevail, 
and how Sweet Briar is an ongoing 
part of the action." 

Read, mark and inwardly digest 
what follows. Carry it around with 
you in your town bag. Sleep with it 
under your pillow. Put it next to 
your checkbook when it's time for 
annual giving. Reread it regularly 
and often. And be proud with good 
reason that you are an alumna of a 
women's college. Be doubly proud 
that you are a part of Sweet Briar! 

Since the late 1960s, I have been 
designing and carrying out large 
scale studies of the baccalaureate 
origins of women (and sometimes 
men) who have attained a substan- 
tive intellectual or career accomplish- 
ment. In doing so I have found that 
graduates of women's colleges are 
far more likely than women 
graduates of coeducational colleges 
to be cited in Who's Who of 
American Women for their career 
achievements, to have earned a 
research doctorate in the arts and 
humanities, social sciences and 
natural sciences, and to have entered 
an American medical school. It is 
important to appreciate that these 
results obtain when institutions of 
comparable selectivity are compared; 
thus it is not an apples-and-oranges 
situation. 

In order for me to do this kind of 
work, it is necessary to have infor- 
mation sources that are national in 
scope and encompass several years. 
Such databases must list women and 
men separately ("students" or 
"graduates" won't do), and must in- 
clude the baccalaureate institution of 
origin, the year of graduation, and 
the record of some generally ac- 
cepted accomplishment. Such data- 
bases are very rare, but they are 
very important. When you have con- 
structed lists that include the 
graduates of all institutions that 
meet some general criteria esta- 
blished at the outset of the research 
(for example, all institutions with at 
least 10 women graduates during a 
given decade who subsequently 
earned a science doctorate), you have 
what is called the universe of all 
such defined institutions rather than 



Sweet Briar College 



merely a sample. This allows you to 
say what is the actual situation 
rather than to state what might be 
the case based on the behavior of a 
sample. In addition to using universe 
data for determining institutional 
productivities, certain methodological 
characteristics also assure objectivity 
and validity: only studying outcomes 
of women who have actually 
graduated from college (thereby set- 
ting some minimal limits on motiva- 
tion, academic ability, financial 
resources, persistence, commitment 
and the like); including all women 
graduates for the particular years 
covered by the study; studying 
several different kinds of outcomes 
for differing time periods. When all 
of these conditions and precautions 
obtain, the likelihood of biasing the 
results by some factor always 
operating in the same direction and 
to the same extent is truly 
negligible. 

During the seven decades analysed 
(1910-1979), more than nine million 
women received baccalaureate 
degrees. All have figured somewhere 
in my calculations, and many in 
more than one study. They, and the 
colleges and universities from which 
they have graduated, have been the 
objects of my inquiries. I call them 
"my women" and "my schools". It is 
important to note that the focus of my 
research has not been upon women's 
colleges and their graduates; rather, 
the focus has been upon the bac- 
calaureate origins of achievers. 
Nonetheless, women's colleges appear 
and reappear throughout the seven 
decades and by every measure available 
as the institutional type most produc- 
tive of achieving women. This record 
is unmatched by any other category 



of educational institution for either 
women or men. 

One might imagine that, knowing 
of this impressive and unique record, 
women and parents and higher 
education professionals would be 
ardent supporters of women's col- 
leges. One might imagine, but in so 
doing one would be in error. Over 
and over again, the communication 
of the basic finding — that 
graduates of women's colleges are 
more than twice as likely as women 
graduates of coeducational institu- 
tions to become achievers — is met 
with one of two typical responses: 
Surely that can't be true, you must 
have done something wrong; or Of 
course, so what? I suspect that those 
who refuse to believe have difficulty 
crediting women or women's institu- 
tions or women's research with any 
kind of positive attributions; while 
those who off-handedly acknowledge 
women's colleges' productivity do so 
in ways that belittle the accomplish- 
ment. Both situations bespeak a 
kind of hostility not only to women's 
colleges but also to women. 

For women's colleges, in their 
splendid range of sizes and 
geographies and traditions and par- 
ticular specializations, are the very 
essence of what women are all 
about, that is to say, diversity. 
Women's colleges personify women 
in all their wonderful strengths and 
foibles and certainties and confu- 
sions. Thus to deprecate or ignore 
women's colleges is, in effect, to 
deprecate or ignore women. 

It is in this sense that the con- 
tinued health of the women's col- 
leges is important to all women who 
participate in higher education, 
whether or not they choose to teach 



or study in the environment of a 
women's college. For as the women's 
colleges go, so too goes the educa- 
tion of women wherever they may 
be. It is well to remember that 
throughout history and across all 
cultures, women have regularly and 
consistently been the chief and often 
only supporters and sustainers of 
girls and women in whatever tasks 
are assigned or undertaken. The 
women's colleges continue this 
legacy by being institutional models 
for the education of women and by 
providing the most nurturant en- 
vironment in all of higher education 
for developing, testing and rewarding 
women's talents. The treatment of 
women's colleges — by women, 
academic professionals, the press, 
the wider society — is thus a 
bellwether for what can be the ex- 
pected societal concept and treat- 
ment of women generally. 
Understanding and affirming the 
contributions of women's colleges is 
thus an important responsibility of 
all, both women and men, who 
would join together in building an 
equitable and humane society. It is 
that complex. It is that simple. 



D 



© Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball 




Listed in 
Who's Who in 
America and 
American 
Men and 
Women of 
Science, Dr. 
Tidball has 
presented ad- 
dresses and lec- 
tures relating 
to higher education at numerous col- 
leges, universities and professional 
associations. She has published articles 
and studies in many educational 

Alumnae Magazine 



journals as well as magazines and 
encyclopedias and has served on the 
faculty for the Carnegie Ad- 
ministrative Intern Program for 
Women in Higher Education 
(1975-77). Presently she is a member 
of the Final Selection Committee for 
Doctoral Dissertation Awards in 
Women's Studies, Woodrow Wilson 
National Fellowship Foundation and 
the Final Selection/Review Panel Pro- 
grams of the National Science Foun- 
dation. A past member of Sweet 
Briar's Board of Overseers (1978-85), 
she is Chairman of the Hood College 



Board of Trustees Committee on In- 
struction and Faculty Personnel, 
Chairman of the American 
PhysiologicTl Society's Task Force on 
Women in Physiology and a member 
of the Admission Committee at George 
Washington University Medical 
Center A Lay Reader and Chalice 
Bearer at the Washington Cathedral, 
she is a trustee of the Cathedral 
Choral Society. 



A Continuing Role 
for Women's 
Colleges 

By Sister Kathleen Feeley, 

S.S.N.D. 
President and Professor 

of English 
The College of Notre Dame 

of Maryland 



When an excellent women's college 
opts for coeducation, the academic 
community of which I am a member 
pauses for reflection and introspec- 
tion. Is the fact that fewer girls are 
choosing women's colleges a com- 
mentary on the innate value of such 
an education, or a reaction to 
cultural forces in this post-women's- 
lib era? Do young girls think that 
women's colleges are shrill pro- 
ponents of feminism? Or cultural 
anachronisms in a unisex society? 
How can we address such 
misconceptions? 

Let's look at the facts. To this day, 
strong evidence proves that a 
women's college has a positive, per- 
manent effect on its graduates that 
is quite unlike that of a coed institu- 
tion. How is this so? 

Women's colleges counteract life 



conditions which have negative im- 
pact on girls growing up, and on 
women as adults. We all understand, 
and most of us deplore, the cultural 
weight of centuries which has kept 
women less educated, less motivated, 
less self-actualized, and therefore 
less influential in the corporate, 
political, educational, and church 
worlds. 

Women's colleges are counter- 
cultural. They counteract a society 
which assumes that girls and women 
will settle for less: less star-gazing, 
less salary, less serious attention. 
How do they do this? In such col- 
leges, women lead; the curriculum 
recognizes women's achievements; 
the faculty single-mindedly works at 
creating a campus environment 
which inspires, supports, and 
challenges women. 

Being devoted exclusively to 
women's futures enables a women's 
college to teach expectation and 
aspiration just as directly as it 
teaches any course in the cur- 
riculum. The students themselves 
are an integral part of the teaching 
plan. Low aspirations and insecurity 
are replaced by a realization that 
ability and potential are not limited 
by a person's sex. 

A coed institution is forced to 
educate with the assumption that 



self-confidence and ambition have 
been sufficiently developed in a stu- 
dent's personality. Since it cannot 
create a different teaching climate 
for male and female students, it 
must concentrate on addressing their 
shared needs. 

A subtle barrier to women's self- 
realization is the female tendency to 
defer. Tradition still influences 
women, even those with self- 
confidence, to defer to men; many 
men expect it. Centuries of living 
with two sets of standards — one for 
women and another for men — have 
restricted both sexes. 

A coed institution is a microcosm 
of society; therefore, it reflects cur- 
rent sociological mores. In coed 
classes, as a general rule, young 
women continue to defer to young 
men, often unconsciously. Despite its 
awareness of this problem, the coed 
college is obligated to its total stu- 
dent body and not to correcting the 
sociological obstacles in the paths of 
one segment of that student body. 

A women's college does not permit 
outdated mores to exist in the 
classroom or on the campus. Women 
learn by experience and example 
that deference is not a prerequisite 
in working with men; that they can 
take the lead without fear of aliena- 
tion; that men have the right to 




Named 
Woman of the 
Year by the 
I Jewish National 
Fund Women's 
Auxiliary in 
1975, Sister 
Kathleen re- 
ceived the 
Woman of the 
Year Award in 
1976 from the Maryland Colonial 
Society. Later that year the America- 
Israel Society named her a Goodwill 
Ambassador and arranged for her to 



visit Israel. In 1981 she made a 
30-day trip to Japan, lecturing at 
seven colleges and universities. She 
serves as a director of Union Trust 
Bancorp, the Baltimore Gas and Elec- 
tric Company, the Baltimore Council 
on Foreign Affairs. Commercial 
Credit and the Independent College 
Fund of Maryland. She is a trustee of 
St. Vincent College and of the 
Association of Catholic Colleges and 
Universities. In 1984 she was ap- 
pointed to a four-year term as a 
member of the Maryland Economic 
Development Corporation Board of 



Directors by Governor Harry Hughes. 

Previous to her election to the 
presidency of the College of Notre 
Dame in 1971, she held an American 
Council on Education Internship in 
Academ ic Adm in istration. 

Sister Kathleen 's article is reprinted 
with permission from The Baltimore 
Sun, Mav 12. 1986. 



Sweet Briar College 



defer without fear of losing status. 

As a society, let us not abandon 
lightly what has served us so well in 
the past. The positive, permanent ef- 
fect of their education on the 
graduates of women's colleges has 
been researched and is documented. 
Such graduates are more likely to 
succeed in careers than their 
counterparts with degrees from 
coeducational institutions. 

They are twice as likely to con- 
tinue education in professional 
schools and seek higher degrees. 
They are two or three times more 
likely to choose non-traditional fields 
— mathematics, chemistry, and 
biology. Such accomplishments as 
these are logical outcomes when 
self-confidence, leadership, ability, 
and high aspirations have been 
developed during the years at a 
women's college. 

At this time in history when our 
world needs a new vision of 
peacemaking; a new determination 
that technology will be servant, not 
master; and a new appreciation of 
the values of family life, the mission 
of women's colleges to educate and 
inspire women to be effective leaders 
is more vital than ever. 

I call on the opinion-makers of our 
society to inform themselves about 
this valuable educational option and 
to influence others. 

When Kathleen Beres, Maryland's 
teacher-astronaut finalist, accepted 
the President's Medal from her alma 
mater, the College of Notre Dame, 
she credited her high aspirations, 
and her success in achieving them to 
her education in a women's college. 
College-bound girls will find that 
women's colleges are as relevant to 
them today as they were to countless 
women in the past. They need socie- 
ty's encouragement to explore this 
educational option. 

D 



Sweet Briar: A 
Liberal Arts 
College for Women 

By Nenah E. Fry 
President and Professor of 

History 
Sweet Briar College 



When asked about Sweet Briar, we 
quickly respond, "Sweet Briar is a 
liberal arts college for women." 

How smoothly these familiar 
words glide from the tongue. Printed 
on a page, how easily they are 
assimilated by the eye and how 
quickly our minds comprehend their 
meaning. Beyond this, we immedi- 
ately realize that these words con- 
note more than a simple description. 
We understand them as defining. 

Though the descriptive power of 
these words remains unchanged 
from decade to decade, their defini- 
tion necessarily must be changed as 
the times change. Inevitably, each 
generation must reinterpret the 
meaning and meaningfulness of a 
liberal arts education for women. 
This has been true in the past, and 
it is a valid task for us today — 
especially now, when some assert 
that society's need for women's col- 
leges has waned. 

Before addressing the issue of 
Sweet Briar as a college "for 
women," I shall comment upon three 
major difficulties posed by being a 
"liberal arts" college in 1986. 

Various national studies make us 
aware that greater numbers of 
college-age men and women are 
more pragmatic than ever before: 
many pursue a college education 
simply to enhance their standing in 
the "job market." Thus, they prize a 
narrow, rather than a liberal, 
education. 

Often cited as evidence for this 
trend is an annual survey of our na- 
tion's entering freshmen which asks 
them about their goals. The percen- 
tage of freshmen who have chosen 
"being well-off financially" as an im- 
portant or very important goal has 
increased from 40% in 1967 to 70% 
in 1983. On the other hand, the 
percentage of freshmen who selected 
"developing a meaningful philosophy 
of life" as a significant goal has 



dropped from over 80% in 1967 to 
less than 45% in 1983. 

Thus, liberal arts colleges such as 
Sweet Briar, whose raison d'etre is to 
help students formulate their own 
means of meeting life and of becom- 
ing useful members of society, must 
give attention to conflicting priorities. 
On the one hand, our program must 
attract students who may not be in 
full sympathy with our goals. On the 
other, we must be sure that those 
students who attend the College are 
encouraged or challenged to develop 
altruism and a meaningful 
philosophy of life, regardless of their 
predisposition. Finally, we must con- 
tinue to find ways to support 
"careerism" which are compatible 
with our educational philosophy. 

In addition to working with 
students whose values may be 
significantly different is the 
challenge posed by their changed 
preparation for academic work at the 
college level. 

Professor Franklin L. Ford has 
delineated the problem forcefully: 
"Some students.. .arrive serious- 
ly underprepared in English, 
foreign languages, history or 
mathematics, and not infre- 
quently in all those subjects. 
The Committee on Admissions 
and Financial Aids, rightly im- 
pressed by these individuals' 
motivation and promise, simply 
has to gamble on their ability, 
once in college, to make up for 
lost time; and the gamble pays 
off in a gratifyingly large 
percentage of cases. Never- 
theless, the diversion of effort 
into essentially remedial learn- 
ing and the resultant foreclos- 
ing or at least postponement of 
other curricular possibilities im- 
poses a tax one can't help feel- 
ing sorry to see levied against 
the progress of under- 
graduates." 
All institutions, from the most selec- 
tive to the relatively nonselective, 
are feeling the effects mentioned by 
Ford, a professor at Harvard and 
dean, from 1962-70, of the Faculty 
of Arts and Sciences. His remarks, 
written two years ago, refer to Har- 
vard undergraduates. 

Although there has always been a 
learning gap between student and 
teacher, I fear that its character has 
changed: it is a qualitative gap, a 
cultural discontinuity, of sorts. We 



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no longer can count on young people 
to read books! This does not mean 
that students possess less innate 
intelligence than before, but it does 
mean that Sweet Briar must ac- 
culturate them to a world which 
prizes the printed word. Even as we 
ask students to bridge the gap, we 
must seek ways of meeting them 
halfway. We must consider changing 
our methods of teaching, especially 
in entry-level courses. We must 
become more aware of the implica- 
tions for learning and teaching held 
by the culture gap between student 
and teacher. 

Liberal arts colleges also are con- 
cerned about the changed attitudes 
of faculty who bring with them the 
values and emphases of the highly 
selective research institutions in 
which they have been trained. 

Truly great teachers always have 
been rare. Today is no different from 
the past in that respect. In the past, 
there always have been individuals 
who found the teaching environment 
of the small liberal arts college 
preferable to that of the university. I 
am grateful that the same can be 
said today. However, we may face a 
situation in which fewer instructors 
teaching in liberal arts colleges have 
had the benefit of a genuinely liberal 
education themselves. Graduate 
schools encourage them to fragment 
knowledge into specialties within 
disciplines. Without integrated and 
cohesive curricula, liberal arts col- 
leges are in danger of becoming im- 
poverished universities offering a 
paltry smorgasbord of courses when 
compared with universities. Far from 
"upgrading" the liberal arts cur- 
riculum or making it more "serious," 
increased specialization can damage 
the quality of teaching and learning 
which takes place. 

Michael O'Keefe, president of the 
Consortium for the Advancement of 
Private Higher Education, well 
articulates the potential problem: 
"Not only does teaching lose 
importance, but the whole man- 
ner and content of that 
teaching becomes dominated by 
the values of the research 
model. ..As a result, the 
undergraduate experience 
becomes one of being force-fed 
the "basics." Information, 
definitions, and fundamental 
concepts are emphasized. 
Broader insights and most of 



the exciting and unresolved 
research questions of a given 
field are postponed until 
graduate school... The 
overloading of undergraduate 
courses with information, as 
well as the emphasis on 
academic specialization, works 
against integrated curricula 
that emphasize the broader 
concepts and skills needed by 
the well-educated person. Our 
colleges themselves often play 
right into the hands of students 
who clamor for highly 
specialized training rather than 
a broad liberal education." 
Concerns such as these three must 
occupy our attention. We need to 
assess the effect of such national 
trends upon Sweet Briar — the fact 
of our being "idiosyncratic" is no 
surety that we are immune from 
them. Often, we have a tendency to 
grapple with tangible problems, 
especially those having clear finan- 
cial implications, such as coping with 
the decreased number of traditional- 
aged students, or protecting the pur- 
chasing power of the endowment, or 
remodeling campus facilities. Of 
course, we must devise strategies to 
address this class of concerns, but 
we should not allow ourselves to 
become preoccupied with them to 
the exclusion of recognizing subtle 
changes in attitudes and values 
brought by our students and faculty. 
We must take stock of cultural and 
societal changes, and either be "in 
synch" with them or assert, forceful- 
ly and persuasively, why we stand 
"out of synch." 

I am very optimistic that we at 
Sweet Briar have both the energy 
and the visceral fortitude to embark 
successfully upon the process of 
introspection and self-assessment 
needed for this task. In that light, 
we have begun a comprehensive 
planning process which will be in its 
intensive phase next year. Matters 
that are both tangible and intangible, 
financial and attitudinal, comprise 
the agenda. The purpose of the 
study will be to set directions for 
Sweet Briar during the next three to 
five years. Though the road ahead is 
challenging, I am looking forward to 
the prospect of setting our course. 

Chief among the issues to be 
studied is what it means today to be 
a college for women. This question 
would be of the most urgent concern 



to us even if Goucher College's deci- 
sion had not cast it into bold relief. 
While I cannot judge the ap- 
propriateness of Goucher's decision, 
I do certainly quarrel with one of 
the stated arguments on which it 
was made: that opportunities for ad- 
vancement now are open equally to 
men and women; thus, women's col- 
leges are passe. Such a rationale 
simply does not square with the 
evidence. 

In fact, very recent evidence, com- 
piled by NOW's Legal Defense and 
Education Fund, indicates that the 
unfair stereotyping of girls' and 
boys' roles continues to be wide- 
spread in our nation's elementary 
schools (80% of which are admin- 
istered by male principals), despite 
the good intentions of teachers: 
"Teachers ask boys complex, 
open-ended questions requiring 
abstract reasoning, creative 
thought, and extended answers. 
Girls, on the other hand, are 
more often asked basic 
memory-type questions requir- 
ing docile absorption of 
material. ...Boys emerge from 
this environment ready to move 
ahead and surpass their female 
classmates. Girls bring to their 
further education and their 
career plans a habit of playing 
it safe and a collection of nag- 
ging doubts about their own 
abilities which often persist in 
contradiction to their excep- 
tional grades." 
A very depressing statistic which 
results, in part, from this environ- 
ment is that of the most promising 
and brightest high school graduates 
who do not go on to attend college, 
the great majority — 75 to 90 per- 
cent — are women. Clearly, even in 
the waning years of the twentieth 
century, our schools have not over- 
come society's bias against the 
educational development of girls and 
young women. Colleges for women 
still have a role. 

We know that women still are 
disadvantaged in the workplace, and 
they earn less than their male 
counterparts. Though greater 
numbers of girls and young women 
are entering managerial, technical 
and professional careers, their 
salaries are not yet commensurate 
with men's. Moreover, there is 
evidence that just as young women 
have been discouraged, in the past. 

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from the serious study of science 
and mathematics, so are they being 
discouraged now from the serious 
study of computing. Even in higher 
education, which hkes to think of 
itself as egalitarian, women do not 
fare well: nationally, they comprise 
only 17% of all tenured or tenure 
track positions. Today, at Yale 
University, where I did my graduate 
study, only 17 (5.3%) of the 320 
tenured arts and science faculty are 
women. Using another index, female 
college presidents are increasing in 
number at only 14 each year, and, at 
the rate we are going, there will not 
be an equal number of women and 
men presidents in U.S. colleges and 
universities until the year 20701 

Though the picture certainly is 
getting brighter, by no means have 
we arrived at a golden age for 
women. There still is a need for 
women's colleges to address, and 
redress, the inequities which women 
face. We have a long way to go. 

And what of Sweet Briar, "a 
liberal arts college for women," in all 
of this? 

It is my firm belief that the tradi- 
tional claims and benefits of a liberal 
arts education, for women and for 
men, are valid still today. Likewise, I 
believe that colleges for women are 
needed in today's world — they are 
powerful institutions that dramatical- 
ly change the lives of most of the 
young women who attend them. 
What Sweet Briar must do is to en- 
sure that the promised claims and 
benefits of the liberal arts college for 
women actually are realized. I am 
confident that the process of self- 
study, which I mentioned earlier, 
will enable us more nearly to reach 
this goal. Although I shall not offer 
a "blueprint" to be followed by the 
College, I am pleased to share with 
you some thoughts and views which 
I, too, shall test and refine next year 
as we make plans for the future. 

I firmly believe that the College 
must pay greater attention to the 
freshman year so that it functions 
more effectively as a "buffer" be- 
tween what has been expected of a 
student in high school and what will 
be expected, academically and 
socially, during the college years. We 
should think about the skills and 
attitudes we wish freshmen to 
develop, assess the level relative to 
those at which the typical freshman 
enters college, and fashion entry- 
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level courses and co-curricular pro- 
grams which will increase their sen- 
sitivity in the areas specified. In ad- 
dition, we must look at the senior 
year and evaluate the recently 
devised senior "exercise," such as a 
seminar, colloquium, or special 
research project, which asks a stu- 
dent to make a synthesis of her 
course work in the major field. We 
should evaluate the nature and quali- 
ty of that synthesizing experience 
and make needed adjustments or 
refinements. 

We should examine life outside the 
classroom with the purpose of find- 
ing opportunities to support teaching 
and learning. Perhaps we can devise 
activities that will bridge the gap 
between academic work and what 
was once "club" activities. For 
example, it might be feasible to 
begin a student-run business that 
would attract students whose 
interests are far-ranging — 
economics, design, writing, 
marketing. In addition, we should 
study the opportunities and the 
limitations which our society asks 
women to face and then create ap- 
propriate campus experiences allow- 
ing our students to preview them. 

Given the fact that society has 
begun to value women's social con- 
tribution outside the home, colleges 
for women must develop more 
systematically their students' capaci- 
ty for public leadership. Now, more 
than ever, young women need to 
assume greater responsibility for 
their own actions, in the classroom 
and in the social aspects of life at a 
residential college. A college is a 
community, and it represents a 
microcosm of the social and political 
world in which adults live. We must 
use its environment to the fullest ad- 
vantage to help young women learn 
how to live wisely and maturely in a 
community. 

In the last 40 years, the options 
open to women have indeed grown. 
That is good. Yet, along with the 
greater variety and even richness, 
perhaps, have come greater complex- 
ity and a tension between sometimes 
conflicting priorities. The decades 
ahead will be no less complex than 
those past. I have no doubt, then, 
that our society will need the liberal 
arts college that truly "delivers on 
its promises." Moreover, I am certain 
that women, as in the past, will 
achieve parity with men gradually. 



Thus, we shall continue to need col- 
leges that consistently and 
deliberately support the aspirations 
of young women. Although women's 
progress has been impressive, the 
road ahead is still long and steep. 
Motivated by these beliefs and 
aware of the human and financial 
resources enjoyed by Sweet Briar, I 
look forward to the challenge of 
helping the institution to be the 
finest "liberal arts college for 
women" that it can be. 



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Recipient of 
The Christian 
R. and Mary 
Lindback 
Award for 
Excellence in 
Teaching 
(1968), Nenah 
Fry was 
Associate 
Professor of 
History at Wilson College, 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 
(1965-75) and Dean of the College 
and Professor of History at Wells 
College, Aurora, New York (1975-83) 
before assuming the presidency of 
Sweet Briar in 1983. Her specializa- 
tion is nineteenth century French 
History and her professional 
organizations include the American 
Historical Association, the Society 
for French Studies, the Berkshire 
Conference of Women Historians and 
the American Council on Education. 
She is a founding member of New 
York "Concerns" and has served as 
an Evaluator for the Middle States 
Association since 1972. She is one 
of three framers of a recently suc- 
cessful proposal to the Carnegie Cor- 
poration for a Public Leadership 
Education Network of five women's 
colleges and holds honorary degrees 
from Wilson College and Lawrence 
College. Presently she serves on the 
Board of Directors of the Lynchburg 
Fine Arts Center. 



Finding the Woman 
of the '90s in the 
Girl of the '80s 

By Alice H. Love 
Director of Admissions 
Sweet Briar College 



The freshmen entering Sweet 
Briar this September represent the 
Class of 1990. For those of us who 
just recently have gotten the hang of 

writing 198 on our checks, the 

dawning of yet another decade 
comes as something of a shock. 

As we move into the next decade, 
a great challenge to colleges and 
universities is to recognize that the 
students who are currently college- 
bound have been exposed to societal 
norms and expectations which are 
substantially different than those 
which were faced by their predeces- 
sors as little as 10 years ago. We 
must respond to these dramatic dif- 
ferences with appropriate changes in 
the way we approach and work with 
students. While the demographic 
studies show us that there will be a 
decline of up to 40% (depending on 
geographic region) in the number of 
18-year-olds in the population be- 
tween now and the early 1990s, we 
also are informed that this group is 
mostly nonwhite, and often 
represents the first generation to at- 
tend college in a given family. In 
order to carry out responsibly our 
charge to identify, recruit and 
educate young women at Sweet 
Briar College, we constantly must 
evaluate our information about who 
these students are, what they seek, 
and what, reasonably, they can ex- 
pect from Sweet Briar and the world 
at large. Ultimately, the ability of 
those in the Admissions Office to 
understand the priorities, goals and 
concerns of these young women will 
determine the viability of the Col- 
lege's admissions policies. As the 
competition among colleges to at- 
tract capable students increases, the 
role of admissions staff member as 
counselor becomes even more 
crucial. 

At Sweet Briar, the Admissions 
Office always has taken the time to 
get to know the individual applicants 
well. Typically, a young woman will 
request information from Sweet 
Briar during her junior year in high 
school. From that point onward, she 
will receive a minimum of nine, and 
sometimes as many as 20, letters 
and hand-written notes from 
members of the admissions staff. We 
encourage a visit to campus and a 
personal interview or, if that is not 
possible, a meeting with an Alumnae 
Admissions Representative in the 
student's local area. Also there may 



be phone calls from students and 
parents directly to the Admissions 
Office, which we encourage by hav- 
ing a toll-free number. Our intention 
is to achieve a sense of the in- 
dividual, so that when we read that 
young woman's application, she is a 
very real human being to us. 

Sweet Briar is a small college and, 
as such, is affected substantially by 
the character of each incoming class. 
It is for this reason that our admis- 
sions policies must be more accurate 
and thoughtful than those of a larger 
institution. Each class we welcome 
to campus in the fall will leave its 
mark on the College in the priorities 
of its members, and the activities 
each one chooses to pursue. Think 
for a moment of the impact of a 
decision to recruit and admit ex- 
clusively cellists, or tennis players. It 
would not take long to alter radically 
the character of the College, making 
it either a music school or a college 
known solely for its athletic pro- 
gram. So we take direction from the 
faculty, alumnae and administration 
of the College, and attempt to attract 
the proper balance of individuals, a 
lively and interesting conglomerate 
of young women who will add new 
dimensions to the College's mission 
while revering the traditions of the 
past. 

The relationship between a stu- 
dent and her college should be one 
of mutual enlightenment and fulfill- 
ment, so the process which leads to 
college choice needs to be introspec- 
tive on the part of both the student 
and the college. We expect a young 
woman to research each college op- 
tion carefully, but also to think 
seriously about her needs and expec- 
tations. In the Admissions Office, we 
must be careful not to lose our 
perspective on what Sweet Briar 
really offers; continual contact with 
faculty and current students helps 
keep us informed and in tune with 
the College. But beyond this, we 
must kunw the girl of the '80s: What 
motivates her? What are her dreams? 
Her priorities? Her fears? It is im- 
portant that we not be bound to a 
quickly receding past in our at- 
tempts to evaluate the contemporary 
student. 

Let us consider the girl of the late 
'80s. She is a young woman who has 
been exposed to a rapidly changing 
array of facts and social mores, and 
who must look forward to a future 

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which will continue to besiege her 
with new information. While pundits 
bemoan the fact that students today 
will watch more television in a year 
than their parents will watch in a 
lifetime, the students must con- 
template a world in which errors on 
the part of national leaders no 
longer lead just to war, but to 
mutual, and perhaps global destruc- 
tion. There are very few "givens" 
for the girl of the 1980s, and there 
will be even fewer for the woman of 
the 1990s. 

In 1897, Emile Durkheim pro- 
posed the concept of auoniic. which 
he described as a state of 
normlessness, caused by radical 
changes in social norms, or "social 
deregulation". It is indeed a quick- 
sand world which students today 
must confront; a high incidence of 
divorce, lack of absolutes in virtually 
any form of knowledge, changing at- 
titudes toward sexual activity and 
drug use, and the shift from the tac- 
tile permanency of books to the 
fleeting images of video, all have 
conspired to give the young person 
of the '80s the sense that nothing is 
definite and all things change. As 
they look toward the future, they are 
promised only an acceleration in the 
rate of change. 

Institutions of higher education 
have an opportunity and a respon- 
sibility to help young people make 
some sense out of this miasma of 
change. Liberal education always has 
been, and will continue to be, the 
framework within which even the 
most startling innovations may be 
comprehended. For women in par- 
ticular, the 1990s will bring heavy 
burdens of responsibility, as they 
attempt to redefine value in home 
life and forge ahead as productive 
members of a society which cannot 
survive without their wisdom and 
labor. To them will fall the task of 
defining the role of women in the 
21st century; solidifying the gains in 
independence and respect for which 
the women of the 20th century 
labored so hard, and moving on 
toward an honest balance of in- 
fluence in the areas of science, 
politics, and management. They will 
have more choices about the direc- 
tion and content of their lives than 
any preceding generation. Above all, 
these young women must have an 
extraordinary level of confidence in 
themselves. 

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In our quest for the "right" Sweet 
Briar students, it is important that 
we not be influenced by the shriek- 
ings of media hype. Although we are 
aware of the implications of the 
demographic decline, we have no in- 
tention of being railroaded into some 
of the wildly inappropriate recruiting 
techniques we have seen in the wake 
of the media blitz. Nor will we stray 
from our commitment to know our 
applicants well, making admissions 
decisions on the students' full 
merits, and not only on the basis of 
facile statistics which are the object 
of rampant misuse by the unin- 
formed and unethical. We know the 
strengths and virtues of Sweet Briar, 
and will continue to offer them to 
the young women who are best able 
to capitalize on them. 

I believe that the girl of the '80s is 
aware of the importance of her role 
in the '90s and the 21st century, but 
we also know from research that she 
doubts the capability of a liberal arts 
education and, more specifically, a 
women's college education, to 
prepare her for these responsibilities. 
Our most difficult task is to convince 
these young women and their 
parents that Sweet Briar is an in- 
telligent choice for college. For all 
that we publish information about 
our programs and opportunities for 
internships, leadership positions, and 
personal growth through indepen- 
dent work with faculty members, we 
know that the most convincing argu- 
ment for the effectiveness of Sweet 
Briar in producing intelligent, 
dynamic, successful women is the 
alumnae. A prominent or respected 
alumna is living proof that there is 
value in a Sweet Briar education, 
proof that has a measurable impact 
on parents and students alike. It is 
for this reason that the Admissions 
Office recently has sought to in- 
crease the role of the alumnae in the 
recruitment effort. We welcome 
those who feel they can give time to 
being Alumnae Admissions Repre- 
sentatives, but we ask also that each 
Sweet Briar alumna remember that 
there are occasions when you may 
help our effort simply by virtue of 
letting it be known that you attend- 
ed Sweet Briar. We must never 
underestimate the influence of the 
role model on a young woman who 
is about to make her first major 
independent decision — which col- 
lege to attend. 




The author, .Alice H. Love 

I look forward to working with the 
intrepid young women who will be 
the scientists, mothers, politicians, 
humanists, professionals and vi- 
sionaries of the 21st century. Sweet 
Briar is especially well suited to the 
task of preparing these young 
women to comprehend their futures 
and to make the hard choices that 
lie there. Our joy will be to see that 
our belief in women's education will 
be reinforced by their deeds as 
future alumnae, in keeping with the 
fine traditions of the past. 



To the Class of '86 

from the Class of '72 with Love 

By Trish Neale Van Clief '72 




The author (right) with her sister, Corinne Neale '86. 



As I arrived with my family to 
celebrate my sister Corinne's gradua- 
tion from Sweet Briar, remembering 
my own experiences there brought 
to mind an old Sweet Tone's tune: 
"We've got a song that is all 

our own... 
We sing what we choose 
Be it ballad, rock or blues..." 
We walked into the Quad and I 
remembered when the campus had 
been "our" own, had belonged to the 
class of '72. Around me were the ex- 
cited young women of the class of 
'86, full of memories and accom- 
plishments of their own. I wondered 
— would I know their song? The 
ballad, rock and blues of Sweet 
Briar 1986? Or were the girls, the 
campus, the faculty now character- 
ized by a different tune, unfamiliar 

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and alien to this returning alum? 

I listened, part of the swirl of 
parents and friends, siblings and 
boyfriends all moving in the quick 
excited rhythm that signifies a 
momentous occasion approaching. 

"Come to my room, I want you to 
meet Pam!" 

"The yearbook is great — come 
see it!" 

"Pray it doesn't rain — I can't 
pack my whole family into Babcock." 

"I want you to meet Professor so- 
and-so." 

"We gotta get out of this place!" 

"Mom — look — that's the dairy. I 
won't miss those cows, that's for sure!" 

"No, this is the east dell, that's the 
west dell." 

"I have to pay my bookstore bill or 
I can't graduate!" 



"Can I borrow some safety pins? 
My hem's coming out of my robe." 

"Which way do we move the tassel 
on our hats? Right or left?" 

We took our seats and looked and 
listened. The graduates processed 
down the steps from Benedict, past 
the old Refectory (now the Anne 
Gary Pannell Center), past Gray and 
Randolph, turning in front of the 
Chapel to head up the center aisle 
between rows of folding chairs. They 
walked slowly, heads proudly bear- 
ing caps so eagerly placed and 
pinned a few minutes ago. The black 
robes, plain and uniform, covered the 
unseen colors of distinctive per- 
sonalities. Gone were the decorative 
buttons and slogans worn throughout 
the senior year. Smooth splashes of 
orange and green, red and blue (rib- 
bons denoting a junior year abroad) 
and the pale pink and green of the 
hoods of the BA candidates added 
simple elegance. Family members 
strained their necks to find their 
graduate among the sea of caps and 
gowns. Commencement had begun. 

As The Reverend Susan Lehman read 
the lovely invocation, thanking God 
for the safe arrival of family and 
friends, I thought I had never seen a 
prettier campus. How many times 
must I have had that thought when I 
lived here? Sarah Porter Boehmler 
'65 addressed the graduates, exhort- 
ing them "from this day forward" to 
work harder than ever before, over- 
coming setbacks, maintaining friend- 
ships, being "winners." Hadn't Julia 
de Coligny '34 said these things to 
us when she addressed us in May of 
'72? Dean Robin Bowers read each 
graduate's name and President 
Nenah Fry's smile was broad and 
proud when she handed each 
graduate her diploma. I remembered 
the fondness and pride in President 
Whiteman's face as the class of '72 
received theirs. In her address. Class 
President '86 Harriet McNair com- 
mented on the changes at Sweet 
Briar, both physical and "within 
ourselves." Sweet Briar has "im- 
bedded in us an individuality" that 
has allowed us to develop our own 
talents, but also as a class, "as a 
whole, we have given." Student 
Government President Beth Conner 
called to mind the Sweet Briar tradi- 
tions that bind us together. Beth and 
her classmates, my youngest sister 
among them, not only "survived" 
but "thrived" at Sweet Briar as they 

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developed their individual potential. 
I listened to Beth and thought that 
surely Georgie Vairo and I must 
have reminded our class that the 
class of 1972 had been, in Beth's 
words, the "full force" initiator of 
dramatic results at Sweet Briar, that 
our class, "as a whole," had made a 
difference. When, emotion finally 
straining their earnest voices, Beth 
and Harriet thanked their parents, 
their friends, their teachers, I 
remembered the full hearts my 
classmates and I shared as we re- 
counted the blessings and privileges 
of a Sweet Briar education. Sarah 
Boehmler had called on the class of 
'86 to "meet the obligation of the 
educated." President Fry bid them 
farewell asking them to face the task 
of freedom of responsibility, "For 
unto whom much is given, of him 
shall much be required." I thought 
of my classmates — now committed 
wives and mothers, civic volunteers, 
dedicated doctors, lav^yers, social 
workers, educators. Applauding the 
Sweet Briar women of the class of 
1986 I knew they, too, were equal to 
the task. 

Commencement was ending. The 
graduates stood to follow the faculty 
out. The professors formed two 
lines, one facing the other. Through 
this channel walked the graduates of 
the class of '86, receiving hand- 
shakes and congratulations from the 
people who first opened the doors 
that would lead to this new begin- 
ning. It was time to find my sister — 
to embrace, to celebrate, to share! I 
searched for a blond head wearing a 
fourteen year old cap, my old cap, 
now hers. 

Dear sisters of the class of '86, 
you came to Sweet Briar and made 
it YOUR Sweet Briar. You've "got a 
song and it's all (your) own" and we 
are proud to hear you sing it. It is 
the strong, sweet melody of con- 
fidence. It is the exciting counterpart 
of individuals simultaneously dis- 
covering and nurturing different 
talents. It is the full harmony of in- 
volvement with diverse and loving 
friends. It is the strong, steady 
rhythm of determination as disap- 
pointments and setbacks are faced 
and vanquished. It is a song known 
to any Sweet Briar graduate, and 
now you know it too. Be it ballad, 
rock or blues, we sing it together. 

Congratulations! And welcome — 
Sweet Briar Alums. 

Alumnae Magazine 



Renew, Revive, and Remember: 
Reunion '86 



By Byrd W. Stone '56 




The author (fifth from left) with classmates in the Quad. 



They're gone. I really can't believe 
it. I had been in a state ranging 
from wild anticipation to downright 
dread for a solid year, and now the 
moment had come and gone, and I 
was left standing in the Quadrangle 
in a light drizzle as the last of the 
"reunioners" (reunionettes?) packed 
up their cars and prepared for the 
trip home. I knew from past ex- 
perience that within a few hours it 
would seem as though they had 
never been here. I would drive 
around the campus later in the even- 
ing, and the look and feel of it 
would be no different than it had 
been two days earlier. It wouldn't 
seem possible that 500 women from 
all stages and walks of life would 
have come and gone and nothing 
would have visibly changed. It would 



be as if it had never happened, ex- 
cept for the memories, and even 
those already were beginning to have 
an unreal quality about them. 

Reunion 1986. My 30th - that or- 
dinal being the cause of much of my 
aforementioned dread. I never would 
have come if I hadn't already been 
here. Then I wouldn't have had to 
admit that I had been out of college 
for 30 years. Even my own mother 
gasped when I mentioned which re- 
union it was. Now that hurt! 

Reunion 1986, with the largest 
number of alumnae returning in the 
College's history. Our class, 1956, 
had 30 return. ..certainly an ap- 
propriate number for the reunion we 
were celebrating. That was better 
than when we graduated. The class 
of '56 had 59 seniors. I was all for 

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killing three off (no particular ones, 
mind you), but I couldn't get any 
cooperation. The class of '36, 
celebrating their 50th (and I thought 
30 was traumatic!), had 22 class 
members present, and they all 
looked terrific. If someone would 
promise me that we would look like 
that 20 years from now, maybe I 
could cope. The only trouble is, I 
don't look as great as they did 
NOW! What hope is there for me in 
20 years? The classes of '41, '61 and 
'81 had 36 return, '76 had 53 
returnees and the class of '71 had 
62 members here! Why, I wondered, 
did so many alumnae come back this 
particular year? Were classes ending 
in "1" and "6" more gung ho than 
others?.. .more needful of a trip away 
from home, back to where one knew 
with a relative degree of certainty 
what each day would bring? Or were 
some afraid that Sweet Briar was 
changing, as so many other colleges 
have changed, and they wanted to 
return just one more time to see it 
and remember before it becomes too 
painful to do so? 

Whatever the reason, come they 
did, a la Lewis Carroll. .."And thick 
and fast they came at last, and 
more, and more, and more." From 
Alaska, from Amherst, from Denver 
and Dedham, from Savannah and 
Seattle, by train, plane and car they 
rolled in, ready to experience the 
ultimate reunion — one of the best 
planned and executed the College 
has ever had. It opened with an 
Alumna Lecture, which I might have 
attended if it hadn't been titled, 
"Older Women: Expectations and 
Challenges in the 21st Century." I 
heard it was excellent, but really, 
who under 85 is going to admit they 
are an "older woman"? The "other 
woman", maybe, but never an 
OLDER woman! Next on the pro- 
gram, a well-received administrative 
panel commenting on "Sweet Briar 

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Today", and then on to class picnics. 
I had invited my class to my house 
in Amherst for cocktails before the 
picnic and as I looked in the mirror 
(something I do as little as possible), 
I couldn't help but think that while 
my classmates were out buying new 
clothes and hairdos to ameliorate 
those 30 years, I frantically was buy- 
ing mulch to cover a multitude of 
yardly sins and sweating over the 
lawnmower. I do have my priorities. 
Unfortunately they don't do much to 
enhance my great beauty or cover 
the wrinkles. At 5:00 I was still 
pasting photos in the class scrap- 
book which I hadn't started organiz- 
ing until the night before. Thankful- 
ly a thoughtful early arrival came in 
and relieved me of the difficult job 
of deciding who was who, since I 
had mixed them up in my frantic ef- 
forts to get the house looking 
presentable. Since she had trans- 
ferred into SBC she had a bit of 
trouble, but I figured after 30 years 
who would know the difference 
anyway? 

The picnic itself this year was 
gorgeous! Since ours was off cam- 
pus, Ann Reams delivered it herself. 
Now that's dedication! Everything 
arrived in bright green market 
baskets adorned with big pink rib- 
bons. Aside from a delicious repast, 
there were bright green plates and 
eating utensils, lovely pink napkins 
and a pink tablecloth. I mean, 
anything would have tasted good 
with school spirit like this! While 
those of us young things celebrating 
reunions of less than 50 years pic- 
nicked from market baskets, the 
class of '36 was entertained in style 
at Sweet Briar House, and everyone 
celebrating reunions beyond their 
50th at the Deanery. This latter 
group has been dubbed the "Daisy 
Chain Association". Certainly they 
deserve a special name...I can hardly 
wait... 



Saturday dawned another beautiful 
day, clear and cool, without any of 
the Amherstian humidity which 
always seems to arrive for anything 
important, or unimportant for that 
matter. This was the day of the 
Alumnae Convocation where reports 
of Reunion Gifts and class skits 
were presented. Babcock Auditorium 
was festive, with sections for the 
classes to sit together marked by 
bunches of brightly colored balloons. 
The skits were varied, as were the 
amounts of the Reunion Gifts. Our 
class thought we were pretty clever. 
As we were sitting in my living 
room at 11:00 the night before with 
no prospect of a skit, our able presi- 
dent just happened to have in her 
possession a poem that we had com- 
posed for our 25th. I'm told I was 
the author, but I had little recollec- 
tion of it. No, I'll never make the 
50th, at least not mentally! However, 
if I didn't remember writing it, we 
were relatively sure that no one else 
would remember hearing it, so with 
a few brilliant revisions (like 30th for 
25th), we were ready to go. Actually 
we figured that this can become 
rather like a tradition. ..every five 
years we'll just change the numbers. 

The Reunion Gifts announcements 
were for the most part spectacular. 
Although our class pointed out that 
it was not in line with "good taste 
and good judgment" and further- 
more "tacky" to talk about money 
(ours was not one of the spectacular 
gifts), we had to admit a grudging 
admiration for the class of '46 which 
raised the largest unrestricted class 
gift in the College's history, 
$102,900! We even quietly admired 
the class of '36 with the largest 50th 
Reunion gift in the College's history, 
$76,586 in unrestricted gifts and 
$57,749 in capital and endowment 
gifts. After all, they had had 50 
years to save all that money. The 
25th Reunion gift of $79,686, the 

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largest 25th Reunion gift ever, 
brought sickly smiles to our faces. 
This was a little too close to home. 
Maybe one of them won the New 
York State Lottery or the Publisher's 
Clearinghouse Sweepstakes or some 
such thing. However it was the class 
of 71 that really brought us to our 
knees, with a 15th Reunion gift of 
$20,265, a record for a 15th Reunion 
class. I mean, these children are still 
in their thirties, and have to go and 
produce something like this. I guess 
we really were the "silent genera- 
tion", financially as well as 
otherwise! 

At any rate, the festive air pre- 
vailed, as we picked up our balloons 
and paraded (to the accompaniment 
of bagpipes) to Prothro Commons for 
a luncheon honoring the Reunion 
classes, and spiced with a tribute to 
retiring Vice President and Treas- 
urer Peter V. Daniel, by Nancy 
Godwin Baldwin '57. Her reminis- 
cences of Peter's first year at Sweet 
Briar, when a major drought caused 
him to limit our showers to three a 
week, brought giggles from many of 
us who remembered those "aromatic" 
times all too well. After lunch a 
variety of options was offered, and 
classmates scattered to take part in 
many of the same types of activities 
they had enjoyed as students — 
horseback riding at the Riding 
Center, browsing at the Book Shop 
or visiting with faculty members in 
the area. 

Saturday evening, dressed in our 
finery, we attended a cocktail party 
in the Quad for alumnae and faculty. 
I never know which I am at these 
functions for faculty and alums. 
Should I wear a name tag on each 
side? Actually when I'm wearing an 
alumnae name tag and talking with 
colleagues, I usually "gracefully" 
hold my hand over the '56 so as not 
to advertise that I'm on my way over 
the hill. My age is safe. As yet I 

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have not perfected doing this 
without looking deformed, but I 
shall continue to practice. The 
candlelight dinner in Prothro was 
lovely, and afterwards, back to the 
Quad, where a surprisingly good 
band played for the rest of the even- 
ing, as we all wandered from group 
to group sitting and talking. Actual- 
ly, some of us were wandering 
because we couldn't find the rest of 
our classmates, who turned out to be 
only a few tables away. It was dark, 
and these new elasses... 

Although by Sunday morning the 
ranks had dwindled due to plane 
schedules and family commitments, 
the Chapel was full for a lovely ser- 
vice led by Sweet Briar's chaplain. 
The Reverend Susan Lehman. Her 
sermon, tying in Trinity Sunday with 
Reunion was so very appropriate, 
and the choir made up of members 
of classes from '36 to '81 sounded as 
though they had rehearsed for 
weeks. I still cannot believe how pro- 
fessional they sounded. After the 
service, and a lecture on "Greek and 
Roman Coins in the Sweet Briar Col- 
lection", Reunion 1986 came to a 
close with luncheon in Sweet Briar 
Gardens. Thanks to a resourceful 
(and quick-moving) husband of one 
of my classmates, the remaining 
members of the class of '56 settled 
on the porch of Sweet Briar House, 
just as the clouds opened up and a 
steady drizzle began. We hardly felt 
any guilt at all as we sat and 
watched other classes try to eat with 
one hand and protect their reunion 



hairdos with the other... and I only 
had to knock down two members of 
the Daisy Chain Association to get 
my nice dry seat! 

Reunion 1986. As I look back over 
this review of the weekend, I realize 
that I haven't even mentioned so 
many activities that were made 
available to us. ..bird and wildflower 
walks, swimming, bus tours, alum- 
nae art and book exhibits, to men- 
tion but a few. But most important 
of all, and yet the most difficult to 
describe, is always the renewal of 
old friendships, and the strengthen- 
ing of those which have developed 
after graduating. Time brings 
changes in values and interests as 
well as bodies, and traits in 
classmates we didn't necessarily ap- 
preciate as undergraduates become 
very important to us as we grow 
older. Each Reunion I find more 
common meeting grounds with those 
I was unlikely to "socialize" with 30 
some years ago. I suppose it is this, 
as well as the shared memories, that 
makes us keep returning to the 
always beautiful Sweet Briar. 

Reunion 1986 or 1996 or 2001. 
Whatever the year, whatever the in- 
dividual reasons for returning, let's 
hope that all of us, 5th year re- 
unioners or Daisy Chain members, 
will keep coming back to the one 
place where for a brief time we can 
forget our worries, and just Renew, 
Revive, and Remember, some of the 
happiest moments in our lives. 

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Reunion 
Wedding 
Bells 



By Martha Mansfield Clement '48 



The west parlor of Sweet Briar 
House was the scene on Thursday 
evening, May 22, 1986 of a very 
special occasion! Florence Woelfel 
Elston, Class of 1921, of Chicago, Il- 
linois and Gordon Beemer of 
Crawfordsville, Indiana were united 
in marriage by Chaplain Susan C. 
Lehman. 

Florence and Gordon had decided 
to get married but had not deter- 
mined where the ceremony would 
take place. The ring had been pur- 
chased in Palm Beach, Florida and 
the groom said he was "tired of car- 
rying it around". Once they knew 
they were coming to Sweet Briar for 
Florence's 65th Reunion, they decid- 
ed to combine these two very impor- 
tant events. 

When Gordon called to inquire 
about getting a wedding license, he 
discovered that the only requirement 
is $20 if both bride and groom are 
from out-of-state and over 18 years 
of age. Gordon was intrigued. He 
concluded that the blood test is not 
required in Virginia because "they're 
all bluebloods". 

Edith Durrell Marshall '21 arrived 
early on campus for Reunion also 
and was one of the invited guests for 
the ceremony. If you remember, 
Edith and Florence were pictured 
together in the Winter '85 issue of 
the Alumnae Magazine at the dedica- 
tion of the Anne Gary Pannell 
Center. 

Florence will be remembered by 
many friends and members of Sweet 
Briar's Boards of Directors and 
Overseers as one of the few people 
to attend all five Recognition Din- 
ners that have been held in conjunc- 
tion with off-campus meetings of 
Sweet Briar's Boards. 

Perhaps Edith Marshall and Betty 
Morris Coleman '21 were thinking 
during Reunion, "Wedding bells are 
breaking up this ole gang of mine." 

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The New York Times carries a great number of articles 
about the problems of the private colleges today. Some of 
the problems it talks about are demographic or social. 
Will there be a large enough supply of promising 
students to populate all the colleges or will the smaller 
colleges have to settle for the lesser achievers? Are 
women 's colleges the victims of their own good work; 
have they been too successful at training young women 
for competitive careers; have the younger women who are 
coming along gotten the idea now that all the equal- 
opportunity goals have been achieved, so that they don't 
need the training to be competitive? 

Many more of the problems relate to money. These in- 
clude: the struggle to keep tuitions at levels that families 
can pay... the squeeze between income and expenses... 
faculty salaries that have to be kept competitive, and 
funding that has to be found to match. The Times sees 
a lot of problems, and it raises alarms. 

But, today, on this campus we get the feeling that the 
problems at Sweet Briar, at least, are under control. We 
have a choice population of students, a lively, scholarly, 
stimulating president and dean, faculty and staff, and a 
crowd of supportive alumnae. 

We, the alumnae, are the best part of all. We are the 
spirit, the tradition, the personality of Sweet Briar. We 
are also the financial backbone. Over $1 million a year 
of the essential annual funding of Sweet Briar College 
comes from the outright gifts of alumnae. Almost half of 
that comes from the gifts of these Reunion classes. 

All of the classes here today have done remarkable 
things. All of you have achieved goals that you never 
dreamed you could reach. Sweet Briar thrives because of 
you. The gifts — and the emotional support — of its 
alumnae are Sweet Briar's strength, the source of its 
future. 

—From a speech by Helen Sanford '42, National Reunion Gifts Chairman, 
at Reunion Convocation, May 24, 1986. 

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Over the past six years. Sweet 
Briar's Reunion Giving Program has 
blossomed into a major source of 
funding for Sweet Briar. For 
1985-86, the cumulative total for 
unrestricted gifts raised from Re- 
union classes was $413,114. Direct 
thanks for this achievement go to 
two of Sweet Briar's most devoted 
and hard-working alumnae — Helen 
J. Sanford '42, National Reunion 
Gifts Chairman, and Ginger 
Newman Blanchard '60, National 
Reunion Gifts Chairman-Elect. 
These two women have guided the 
Reunion Giving Program over the 
past year, putting in countless hours 
of volunteer service for their College. 





Class of 1931 

Under the leadership of Charlotte 
Kent Pinckney, Fund Agent, the 
Class of 1931 raised $20,831 in an- 
nual and capital gifts for all pur- 
poses in honor of their 55th Re- 
union. Nine class members returned 
for this special reunion. 

New Class Officers 
Natalie Roberts Foster. President 
Toole Rotter Wellford. Secretary 
Charlotte Kent Pinckney. Fund Agent 



Class of 1936 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott and 
Katie Niles Parker, Fund Agent, 
shared responsibility for the class's 
50th Reunion campaign as Reunion 
Gifts Co-Chairmen. Joined by a 
stellar class committee, they suc- 
ceeded in raising the largest 50th 
Reunion gift in the history of the 
College with $76,586 for the Alum- 
nae Fund and $57,749 in capital and 
endowment funding, a total of 
$134,335. Blazing a new trail, the 
Class of 1936 carried out a two-part 
effort to raise capital and endow- 
ment funds while at the same time 
trying to attract more unrestricted 
dollars than they had ever raised. 
This opportunity to use a two-part 
approach, counting all gifts for all 
purposes, is the exclusive province of 
those who are celebrating, or already 
have celebrated, a 50th Reunion. 

New Class Officers 

Mary Virginia Camp Smith. President 
Mary (Polly) Rich Ewing. Fund Agent 
Luetic Cox Jones. Secretary 



Class of 1941 

Margaret Craighill Price, Fund 
Agent, Betty Doucett Neill, Reunion 
Gifts Coordinator, and Anita Loving 
Lewis, Class President, joined forces 
with an outstanding Reunion Com- 
mittee to put 1941 on the map with 
the largest 45th Reunion gift in the 
College's history, $50,000 in 
unrestricted gifts for the Alumnae 
Fund. Their good work also was 
seen in an outstanding turnout of 38 
class members for the Reunion 
weekend. 

New Class Officers 
Martha Jean Brooks Miller. President 
Ellic Damgard Firth. Fund Agent 
Marie Gaffney Barry, Sccretaty 




Class of '26 




Nine members of the Class of '31 returned for their 55th reunion. 




1936: Katie Niles Parker, Fund Agent and Reunion Gifts Co-Chairmen; Margaret 
Smith Thomason, Class President; Mary Virginia Camp Smith, Class Secretary; 
Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman. 




1941: Margaret Craighill Price, Fund Agent; Laetitia Seibcls Frothingham. Class 
Secretary: Anita Loving Lewis, Class President; Betty Doucett Neill. Reunion 
Gifts Coordinator. 

Photos by Aubrey Wiley 



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19 46: Hea Dingwell Loos. Fund Agent: Jean Love Albert, Class President: Cholly 
Jones Bendall; Jane Lawrence Katsidhe, Secretary; Caroline Rudulph Sellers, 
Reunion Gifts Chairman. 




1951: Susan Taylor Hubbard; Jean Randolph Bruns, Class President; Betty 
Brawner Bingham, Fund Agent. 




Class of 1946 

Caroline (Rudy) Rudulph Sellers 
led her committee of 21 class 
members to raise the largest 
unrestricted Reunion gift in the 
history of Sweet Briar College — 
$102,900. This was a bittersweet ac- 
complishment, as they did so in 
memory of their devoted classmate, 
Nancy Dowd Burton, the first Na- 
tional Chairman of Reunion Giving, 
who died September 12, 1985. As a 
result, the Class of '46 was 
presented with the first annual Nan- 
cy Dowd Burton Award for the 
largest unrestricted class gift. 

New Class Officers 
Jean Love Albert. President 
Bea Dingivell Loos. Fund Agent 
Lynn Hannah Crocker. Secretary 



Class of 1951 

With a committee of 12 members, 
Betty Brawner Bingham, Fund 
Agent, spearheaded her class's effort 
to raise a special gift in honor of 
their 35th Reunion. This class of 
onlv 120 members successfullv 
raised $22,999.99 for Sweet Briar, 
and brought back one-fifth of their 
class for the Reunion weekend. 

New Class Officers 
Mary Pease Fleming. President 
Joan Mottcr Andersen. Fund Agent 
Diane Richmond Simpson. Secretary 



Class of 1956 

Reunion Gifts Co-Chairmen Ann 
Greer Adams and Catherine 
Lotterhos Mills led an enthusiastic 
committee of 25 class members to 
raise $13,624 and to turn out one of 
their largest crowds ever for Re- 
union. In addition, the Class of '56 
presented a red maple tree to be 
planted on the campus in memory of 
Miss Ethel Ramage and in honor of 
Miss Sarah Thorpe Ramage, their 
class sponsors. 

New Class Officers 

Frances Gilbert Browne. President 

Frances Shannonhouse Clardy, 

Fund Agent 
Jane Black Clark. Secretary 



1956: Ginny Echols Orgain. Class President; Byrd Stone, Class Secretary; Ann 
Greer .Adams, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; .Alice Guggenheimer Mackay, Fund 
Agent; Catherine Lotterhos Mills, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman. 



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Class of 1961 

FLASH! Class of 1961 raises 
largest 25th Reunion Gift in 
Sweet Briar's history! So read 
the headlines after the Class of 1961 
presented their gift of $79,686. Bee 
Newman Thayer, Reunion Gifts 
Chairman, guided the committee of 
23 who communicated with every 
member of their class to encourage 
participation in the Reunion gift and 
attendance in May. Celia Williams 
Dunn, Class President, Catherine 
Caldwell Cabaniss and Judith Atkins 
Wall, Co-Fund Agents, and Janna 
Staley Fitzgerald and Ann Worboys 
Buske, Co-Secretaries, were there 
providing support and help whenever 
called. Participation and enthusiasm 
were high throughout the year, and 
25 percent of the class returned for 
Reunion. 

New Class Officers 
Barbara Childrey Fowler, President 
Mary Cosby Rinehart, Co-Fund Agent 
Jeanne Bounds Hamilton, 

Co-Fund Agent 
Louise Cobb Boggs, Secretary 



Class of 1966 

With strains of "Hey, look us over, 
lend us an ear..." sounding over the 
dell, 40 members of the Class of 
1966, husbands, and children re- 
turned to Sweet Briar for Reunion. 
Class President Grace Butler 
Johnson and Fund Agent Nancy 
Conkle Swann announced that their 
class had raised $17,220 for their 
20th Reunion gift. Thanks to all 
those committee members who 
wrote and called! 

New Class Officers 
Nancy Conkle Swann, President 
Susan Sudduth Dodson, Fund Agent 
Susan Moseley Helm, Co-Secretary 
Courtney Stevenson, Co-Secretary 




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1961: Janna Staley Fitzgerald, Co-Secretary; Celia Williams Dunn, Class 
President; Bee Newman Thayer, Reunion Gifts Chairman; Judith Atkins Wall, 
Co-Fund Agent; Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss, Co-Fund Agent. 




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19(i(i: (iracie Butler Johnson, Class President; Nancy Conkle Swann, Fund 
Agent; Courtney Stevenson, Class Secretary. 

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1971: Bev Van Zandt Steele, Reunion pifts Co-Chairman; Lynne Manov 
Sprinsky, Class Secretary; Jaque Penny Goldstone. Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; 
Wendy Weiler, Class President 




1976: Sally Mott Lawrence, Class Secretary; Lochrane Coleman Smith, Reunion 
Gifts Co-Chairman; Galvin Gentry, Class President; Mary Beth Hamlin, Reunion 
Gifts Co-Chairman. 




Class of 1971 

For their 15th Reunion, the Class 
of 71 did everything in high style. 
Dubbed "the little chill," 109 re- 
turned for Reunion, counting 
husbands and children, filling all of 
Dew dormitory, and then some! To 
top off this tremendous turnout. 
Reunion Gifts Co-Chairmen Jacque 
Penny Goldstone and Bev Van Zandt 
Steele announced that their class 
had raised $20,265 as their special 
gift in honor of Reunion. 

New Class Officers 
Barbara Gracey Backer, President 
Louise Archer Slater Co-Fund Agent 
Pamela Henery Arey. Co-Fund Agent 
Melissa McGee Keshishian, 

Co-Fund Agent 
Katherine Jones Youell. Co-Fund Agent 
Mary Bell Parks. Secretary 



Class of 1976 

With memories of streaking in 
front of Sweet Briar House, fire 
drills at 3:00 a.m., and liver and fish 
sticks on Tuesday nights, the Class 
of 76 returned with 87 class 
members, husbands, and children in 
tow. Reunion Gifts Co-Chairmen 
Lochrane Coleman Smith and Mary 
Beth Hamlin announced that their 
class had gone from a pre-reunion 
gift of $2,655 to $15,001 in honor of 
their first ten years in the "real 
world!" 

New Class Officers 
Galvin Gentry, President 
Cynde Seiler Eister. Fund Agent 
Mary Beth Hamlin, Secretary 



Class of 1981 

With a committee of 10 members, 
Eva Devine, Class President, 
spearheaded her class's efforts to 
raise a special gift in honor of their 
fifth Reunion. Class members who 
returned for Reunion announced that 
their class had gone from a pre- 
reunion gift of $1,838 to $2,883.33. 

New Class Officers 
Allison Joy Roberts, President 
Nancy Webb Corkery, Co-Fund Agent 
Barbara Bush, Co-Fund Agent 
Kearsley Rand, Secretary 



Some reuners from the Class of 1981. 

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The Older Woman: 
Expectations and 
Challenges in the 
21st Century 

By Milbrey Sebring Raney '65 




Milbrey 
Raney received 
her Master's 
Degree in 
Social Geron- 
tology from the 
University of 
Pennsylvania 
and trained in 
the Hospice 
Program at the 
Pennsylvania Hospital. She has 
established a consulting business for 
senior citizens (Elder Options) in 
Charlottesville, Virginia and lectures 
in gerontology at Piedmont Virginia 
Community College. Her Reunion '86 
presentation was co-sponsored by SBC's 
Lifetimes Center and the Alumnae 
Association. 



"The Older Woman: Expectations 
and Challenges in the 21st Century" 
is a timely and appropriate topic for 
reunions at women's colleges. To 
gain your immediate attention and to 
avoid controversy, let me state that 
experts tell us we age from the mo- 
ment of conception, rather than 
beginning the process at an arbitrary 
age of 18 or 21, whenever physical 
maturity is attained and society 
decrees that we have become adults. 

What is new in the late 20th cen- 
tury is the phenomenon of large 
numbers of women surviving into 
old age. In 1900 life expectancy for 
women was 48 years. Women died 
young, in childbirth, from infectious 
diseases or from hardships of living. 
For better or worse, menopause was 
not a problem, and diseases that we 
have come to dread in old age (heart 
disease, stroke, cancer) were uncom- 
mon at the turn of the century simp- 
ly because most women did not live 
long enough to become susceptible 
to them. 

Until recently American society 
has not focused on the issue of ag- 
ing, especially concerns affecting 
older women, who are an under- 
valued and underused national 
resource. Increased longevity has 
produced special needs and pro- 
blems for older women, setting them 
apart from younger women and from 
men of their own age. Since large 
numbers of older women have not 
faced these problems before, they 
can be considered the pioneer 
generation for those of us middle- 
aged and younger. 

Probably you are wondering what 
I mean by "older". In trepidation, I 
struggled with that question several 
years ago as I designed a course on 
"The Older Woman". Having just 
passed an important marker (my 
40th birthday), I thought 45 much 
too young to start such a course! 
Then I attended a talk by a famous 
specialist on osteoporosis. He stated 
that the median age of menopause is 
50 years. With a sigh of relief, my 
denial mechanism switched into high 
gear: I arbitrarily began my course 
at age 50. 

In order to gain a clear idea of 
progress women have made since 
1900, it is necessary to examine 
briefly several generations of older 
women. You may see yourself, your 
sister, mother, grandmother, aunt or 
niece. If you were born between 



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1916 and 1926 you are presently 60 
to 70 years old. You are too young to 
remember World War I, but you 
were a child or adolescent in the 
Depression. Those of you close to 65 
may have had marriage plans af- 
fected by World War II. Those who 
had children after that war started 
what demographers call the Baby 
Boom. In your midlife you have 
witnessed the atomic, space and 
electronic ages, political assassina- 
tions, the civil rights movement, the 
feminist movement and the Vietnam 
War. Perhaps you personally strug- 
gled with raising children through 
the turbulent sixties and early seven- 
ties, trying to cope with antiwar sen- 
timent and the rigors of the drug 
culture. ..and you know that Miss 
Muncy's predictions in the early six- 
ties of guerilla warfare and the 
spread of international terrorism 
have become a horrifying truth. 

If you were born between 1906 and 
1916, when Sweet Briar College was 
being established, you are presently 
70 to 80. Perhaps some of you 
remember your father, uncles and 
friends going off to fight the "war to 
end all wars". The Great Depression 
was the single most outstanding 
event of your youth and you were 
strongly influenced by poverty or the 
fear of it. World War II may have 
left you widowed or childless 
because of the lack of available men 
during peak childbearing years. 
"Rosie the Riveter" joined the work 
force to fuel a wartime economy and 
reaped the economic benefits. After 
the war the country enjoyed a long 
period of peace and prosperity. 

If you were born between 1896 
and 1906, you are between 80 to 90 
years old. Your mores were shaped 
by the strong influence of Queen 
Victoria's standards and by our own 
country's puritan ethic. Everyone 
knew her place and that place was 
in the home for most women. Rela- 
tively few young women had the 
privilege of a college education. 

In discussing the contemporary 
older woman I will use the "editorial 
we", as we all are becoming older. 
We are experiencing major life 
changes in personal and work lives. 
Statisticians give us dry numbers in- 
dicating that we will live into our 
early 80s. If we are married, we will 
outlive our spouse by approximately 
eight years. Unfortunately these years 
often are wasted and empty ones. 

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Sometimes we choose our transi- 
tions; other times fate forces them 
upon us. Some changes can be good, 
adding to our lives, such as return- 
ing to school, entering the work 
force, or becoming a grandmother. 
Sometimes a transition causes a void 
in our lives, most often caused by a 
separation, divorce or widowhood. 
Children may leave home (this is not 
necessarily a total loss!). We may ex- 
perience an economic loss: it is well 
known that women are the last 
hired, first fired and that the older 
woman faces real job discrimination 
in the work force. 

Whenever transition occurs, it in- 
volves reevaluation and readjustment 
of lifestyle; "old" ways of living 
don't apply. We may be envious (or 
at least wistful) of the social stability 
our mothers or grandmothers had, 
born into an era of more stratified 
social codes, but our wistfulness is 
tempered with the knowledge that 
the rigidity of society governing a 
woman's place at that time would 
deny us the freedom we value. We 
must struggle with choices and 
understand that our traditional roles 
are in flux. There are no easy 
answers. We have matured enough 
to learn that we can't "have it all", 
but at least we can be thankful that 
the Superwoman myth has been laid 
to rest. 

The longevity factor is throwing a 
curve ball at us; as we carefully try 
to catch it, we try to absorb the 
prediction that we will live over a 
quarter of a century longer than 
women did at the turn of the cen- 
tury. Four generations are common 
now and five generations will 
become increasingly so in the near 
future. Demographers say that the 
fastest growing segment of our 
population is those 85 and older. 
Willard Scott treats us to another 
centenarian's birthday wish after the 
weather forecast each morning. Yet 
this celebration of life can carry 
burdens for all of us: particularly 
alarming for older women is the 
scenario of the woman in her 70s, 
recently retired on a fixed income, 
with some health problems of her 
own, who now must assume the 
grave responsibility of caring for her 
frail, homebound mother who is in 
her 90s. 

Those of us in midlife can get 
caught in intergenerational ethics, 
for we are the "sandwich" genera- 
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tion, trying to raise our children 
while simultaneously our parents re- 
quire more support. As "kin- 
keepers" of the family, we face emo- 
tional burnout as we nurture adoles- 
cent or adult children, spouse and 
parent(s). There is little time or 
energy left over for our own growth 
and development, and we struggle 
with frustration, anger and guilt as 
we have no guide on this solitary 
journey. 

Our married status may change, as 
it does for over 50% of women in 
mid and later life. Through divorce 
or widowhood one can lose one's 
"significant other". This is a tremen- 
dous loss in a coupled society. Older 
women, constricted by housing and 
transportation patterns, tend to 
become an invisible element in our 
society; the greatest concentration of 
older women in public may occur at 
Sunday morning worship service. Up 
to now, it has been better to be male 
and to be young: the older woman 
has two strikes against her. She may 
find herself asking such questions as 
"Who needs me?"; "What is my 
future?"; "Will I be alone?"; "Who 
will care for me?"; "Am I 
employable?"; "Do I need new 
skills?"; "Can I learn them?" 

There are social, economic and 
health expectations and challenges 
that need to be addressed by each of 
us as we age. The prediction is that 
almost half of us over 40 will live 
alone, either by choice or event. In 
March, 1974, 4.5 million older 
women lived alone. By 1990 it is 
estimated that this number will in- 
crease by almost two-thirds. Some 
married women have the false ex- 
pectation that their marriages will 
last forever. While the probability of 
golden wedding anniversaries has in- 
creased with longer life expectancy, 
many women do not realize that 
they must plan for economic and 
social independence. Widowhood, a 
major life change which happens to 
almost half of older married women, 
occurs at an average age of 56. 
Sixty-eight percent of all married 
women will be widowed by age 75. 

Each of us needs to live a life of 
some meaning. If married, we must 
plan to cope with being alone. 
Realistically we should strive for a 
certain amount of independence and 
cultivate the ability to spend time 
with ourselves. Keeping a check- 
book, paying bills, owning and main- 



taining a car, establishing credit in 
one's own name are important objec- 
tives for an older woman. An annual 
review of a will, general finances 
and retirement benefits with one's 
spouse is important, as is an 
awareness of insurance coverage. 
There are too many widows in their 
70s and 80s whose husbands "pro- 
tected" them from coping with 
money matters. As a result they 
have seldom seen the inside of a 
checkbook and are rendered helpless 
when attempting to settle the affairs 
of their late husbands. All too often 
they are vulnerable to fraud. 

Formerly married women face dif- 
ferent expectations and challenges. 
Divorcees and widows are not a 
homogeneous group, although socie- 
ty tends to lump all single older 
women together. Society treats the 
older widow with compassion (so 
long as she doesn't wear her 
widow's weeds too ostentatiously), 
but the older divorcee is treated 
with disdain. We need to challenge 
ourselves as individuals to include 
our "sisters" in our social lives. Did 
you omit a single woman friend the 
last time you gave a dinner party? 
We must work to rid ourselves of 
the cultural hang-up that an even 
number of gentlemen and ladies is 
required at the dinner table. 

Since many of us will be single in 
our later years, we should shed the 
outdated assumption of the "Old 
Maid" syndrome. The single life 
may or may not be the preferred 
way a woman can maintain her iden- 
tity. Ellen Goodman, columnist for 
the Boston Globe, recently quoted a 
sociologist from Berkeley who said: 
"When you look at men who don't 
marry, you're often looking at the 
bottom of the barrel. When you look 
at the women who don't marry, 
you're looking at the cream of the 
crop." 

With divorce rates so high today, 
marriage no longer guarantees the 
security it once did. The collective 
challenge for us as older women is 
to disregard our expectation that the 
single woman's life is necessarily a 
dreary one. Jane Porcino, in her ex- 
cellent book Growing Older, Getting 
Better: A Handbook for Women in the 
Second Half of Life, discusses studies 
which show that never-married 
women are happier in their later 
years than their counterparts who 
have been widowed or divorced. 

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These single women have attained a 
high educational and career status, 
are more likely to be assertive and 
goal-oriented and have a high level 
of self-esteem. Most important, they 
have cultivated family and non- 
family ties and developed a strong 
circle of friends to support them. 

The issue of housing is closely 
tied to our status as single older 
women, for 3/5 of all widows either 
live alone or with nonrelatives. We 
must work creatively to amend zon- 
ing laws to augment existing hous- 
ing choices and to allow for new 
ideas to develop. One innovative 
plan, imported from Australia and 
working in California is the advent 
of "Granny Flats". Single, detached, 
easily installed units that are 
moderately priced, these dwellings 
can be built on an adult child's pro- 
perty, allowing the older parent/ 
relative to live on the same land in 
close proximity but independently, 
certainly the best choice for all 
generations involved. Amendments 
to suburban zoning codes will need 
to be passed before these become 
common. Another idea which ad- 
dresses the housing problem is 
"home equity conversion". Because 
so many older people are "house 
rich, cash poor", this plan allows the 
older homeowner to convert her 
equity into cash payments while re- 
maining in the home. Check with a 
local banker or mortgage lender to 
see if this is being done in your 
area. Home sharing is a solution for 
some: another person (usually 
younger) receives bed and board and 
sometimes a modest stipend in ex- 
change for services difficult for an 
older person, such as yard work and 
home maintenance. 

Economic expectations dictate that 
because we will live longer we need 
to save more. Poverty traditionally 
has been an older woman's issue. 
Lack of a pension, interrupted work 
schedules, the differential in earn- 
ings between men and women, job 
discrimination and displaced 
homemakers contribute to the pover- 
ty of women in their old age. 
According to Betty Booker '66, staff 
writer for the Richmond Times 
Dispatch, older black women are 
significantly worse off due to lower 
earning rates while working. 

Since we face two decades of 
letirement, it is vital that we save 
for it. The Retirement Equity Act of 

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1984 improved retirement provisions 
for older women. It is easier to draw- 
retirement benefits under employee 
pension plans now (either one's hus- 
band's or one's own). Geraldine 
Ferraro said this legislation "means 
a more secure old age for thousands 
of American women who are de- 
prived of pension benefits by 
loopholes which do not recognize 
their contributions to our economy" 
(New York Times, August 7, 1984). 
Pension rights now are negotiable in 
divorce and it is imperative for an 
older woman to check her state's 
marital and property laws before 
divorce. A safeguard for both older 
women and adult children is a 
prenuptial agreement before a 
remarriage; a written agreement 
based on a percentage of an estate 
ensures a fair division of property to 
all parties and can prevent major 
emotional and financial disasters. 

A bright side to aging, economically 
speaking, is that companies are waking 
up to the potential the gray market 
holds. With increasing numbers of 
older women retiring, the preretire- 
ment industry is paying attention. 
Formerly catering to men, the industry 
is changing to meet the needs of 
women, selling a variety of investment 
services to them. An Investment Com- 
pany Institute survey shows women 
becoming more knowledgeable about 
saving for retirement: 55% said they 
were saving and 43% would be willing 
to assume a moderate to substantial risk 
to obtain higher yields. 

Finally, the expectation of living 
longer challenges us to take better 
care of ourselves: to learn how to 
handle stress in our lives, to exercise 
properly, eat wisely, give up smoking 
and drink in moderation. One wag 
suggested (but it really isn't funny) 
that you can hear the sherry 
decanters coming out of sideboards 
all across America at 3:00 every 
afternoon. For older women sherry 
is a socially acceptable aperitif, yet 
if used to excess it is an improper 
method to relieve stress. An older 
woman who has been a social 
drinker may become dependent on 
liquor to relieve stress during a long- 
term crisis such as nursing a hus- 
band or parent through a terminal 
illness; it doesn't take long to 
become addicted. There is a similar 
pattern for women whose doctors 
prescribe sleeping pills or anti- 
depressants. If a woman becomes 



dependent on these she may be ad- 
dicted by the time the crisis has 
ended. In my experience these two 
types of addicts are the saddest and 
most difficult clients with whom to 
deal because in many cases they are 
depressed, have given up hope and 
don't want to be helped. It is impor- 
tant to be aware of the dangers of 
alcohol and/or drugs, to prevent 
them from taking over one's life. 

Whatever hobby relaxes you, 
whether gardening, walking, swim- 
ming, flower arranging, listening to 
music, playing bridge, needlepoint- 
ing, keeping a journal, biofeedback, 
yoga: do it. Whatever your hobby, 
cultivate it. It may preserve your 
sanity and your life. 

The challenge nationally is for our 
country to develop a comprehensive 
health care policy to cover a spec- 
trum of sites and services, enabling 
us to access help from the hospital 
to the rehabilitation center, the nurs- 
ing home or the hospice and 
hopefully back to our homes again. 
The good news comes from the in- 
surance carriers, who realize there 
are profits to be made. Long-term- 
care insurance is a new form of pro- 
tection against the ravaging costs of 
later-life disability, usually in a nurs- 
ing home. Many assume that Medi- 
care will pick up the tab, but 
Medicare pays only 2% of all nurs- 
ing home costs. These costs present- 
ly average $65 a day: one can be im- 
poverished in a very short time. 
Twenty-two states are investigating 
this new insurance, the premiums of 
which vary according to one's age. 
finances and health. Check with 
your local insurance agent or with 
your State Department of Insurance 
for more information. 

Women are living longer. Much 
longer. We need to discover ways to 
live better in our later years. Use 
your local resources — your church, 
women's club, network group — and 
your alma mater. Sweet Briar's 
Lifetimes Center can open avenues 
to pursue and help develop a net- 
work. The Elderhostel Program on 
campus in summertime is a wonder- 
ful, inexpensive vray to have a 
superb vacation. 

We cannot control fate, but to a 
certain extent the future is in our 
hands. We do have control over the 
way we care for our bodies, save for 
our later years and reach out to our 
friends who are single. i — i 

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Association Perspective 

By Mary K. Lee McDonald '65 
President, Alumnae Association 



This message is my thank-you to 
all alumnae for the opportunity to 
serve as president of your associa- 
tion. One of my favorite quotes is: 
"You are young at any age if you are 
planning for tomorrow." Those of 
you who work for Sweet Briar really 
must have eternal youth because 
tomorrow is our business! Always we 
are looking at tomorrow for prospec- 
tive students, for future resources 
and for new volunteers. 

During the past three years I have 
pushed the Board of the Alumnae 
Association quite hard at "planning 
for tomorrow" — the time was right, 
the talent available and much has 
been accomplished. We have 

Alumnae Magazine 



achieved great success in the areas 
that I identified as needing our im- 
mediate attention: 

n Spread the base of volunteers — 
involve more alumnae across the 
country and abroad in significant 
activities to enhance Sweet Briar 
College. 
D Increase alumnae/student contact 
— enhance students' understand- 
ing of the Alumnae Association 
and the privileges and respon- 
sibilities of alumnae. 
n Take a critical look at the struc- 
ture and functions of the Alum- 
nae Association and the Board 
of the Association — members, 
committees, jobs, meetings. 



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n Develop a usable Board Manual 
with accurate job descriptions 
and reference notes. 

The first two items are ongoing 
priority commitments for our 
association. The latter two items 
have been done and many changes 
have been made, but we must con- 
tinue to evaluate these changes and 
make additional ones as needed. Our 
activities in any of these areas must 
not become static. 

In addition to addressing the work- 
ings of the Alumnae Association I 
have had the privilege and pleasure 
of traveling thousands of miles 
throughout this country, meeting 
with many hundreds of Sweet Briar 
alumnae. I am most grateful for the 
opportunities that my volunteer posi- 
tion has presented, and for the ex- 
perience. Our alumnae are a wonder- 
fully diverse, accomplished and ex- 
citing group of women who have 
great pride in Sweet Briar. 

The single most sustaining factor 
in the survival of private colleges is 
alumnae involvement. Whatever the 
reasons for this involvement — 
pride; affection; appreciation for an 
excellent education; responsibility to 
"give something in return"; realiza- 
tion that those who don't work 
shouldn't criticize; because 
somebody asked; or a combination 
of these — the assistance of all 
alumnae is needed for Sweet Briar's 
success. The opportunities are 
numerous, the rewards are many. 
Whatever your interests, there is a 
place for you. Your involvement will 
make the difference in Sweet Briar's 
"Tomorrow"! 

It's been fun, it's been hard work 
— and, Judy Schulz, you will love 
the job! 



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Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle 

Dies 



Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle began 
her lifelong love affair with Sweet 
Briar College in the autumn of 1931 
when she was elected president of 
her freshman class. By the time she 
graduated she had been house presi- 
dent for two years, vice president of 
student government, chairman of the 
social committee, a member of Aints 
and Asses and Tau Phi, the recipient 
of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan 
Award and chosen as the Manson 
Scholar. 

From her student days she con- 
tinued in the spirit of service of the 
Manson Scholar in her home city of 
Jacksonville, Florida. A few, and 
only a few of her civic respon- 
sibilities included presidency of the 
Junior League, chairman of the Sym- 
phony Board, Board of Trustees of 
Jacksonville Episcopal High School 
and member of Davidson College's 
Board of Visitors. Above all was her 
continuing dedication to and work 
for Saint Mark's Episcopal Church. 

At Founders' Day 1977, when 
President Harold Whiteman 
presented "Jackie" with the Alum- 
nae Distinguished Serv'ice Award, he 
said: "As busy as she has been at 
home she has always found time and 
energy for her beloved college. She 
has been head of her local alumnae 



club many times, was a member of 
the Executive Board of the Alumnae 
Association and then became its 
president and has just completed 
two terms as a member of the Col- 
lege's Board of Overseers. Each year 
she is a member of the Boxwood 
Circle and there is a fund at Sweet 
Briar established in her honor by 
her husband and three children, one 
of whom is a Sweet Briar graduate." 

When she retired as president of 
the Alumnae Association a friend 
wrote, "You have been a splendid 
example of what a president should 
be: a person of humor and under- 
standing, a person wedded to her job 
and knowledgeable of it. You have 
made us all feel that we could do 
great things for Sweet Briar and that 
is the mark of a genuine leader." 

"Jackie's" devotion to her church, 
her city and her college was deep 
and abiding but, unquestionably, her 
family was first in her heart — her 
husband, Ned, until his tragic death 
in 1965, her daughters, Jacquelyn 
and Susan '64, her son, Edward, and 
her four grandchildren in whom she 
unabashedly rejoiced. 

This mere listing of her accom- 
plishments and interests fails to con- 
vey the essence which made 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle a 



Jacqueline Strickland Dwelle '35 with 
grandchildren Jacqueline and Edward 
Bates in 1971. 



special person — indeed an unique 
one. What made her so? Perhaps it 
was her ineffable joic de vivre despite 
the pain of arthritis and cancer 
which ended her golfing days but 
not her skilled bridge playing: 
perhaps it was her contagious giggle 
as she pounded out on the piano all 
50 verses of her favorite song, 
"Love, oh Careless Love"; perhaps it 
was the caring spirit of this lady 
about whom her friend Kay Booker 
wrote: "This joyous person, this 
'Sweet Bird of Youth' as she was af- 
fectionately called by many alumnae, 
shared her joy of living with many 
college friends who received letters 
of good humor, friendship, 
encouragement and affection. 
Among her sterling gifts was her art 
of appreciation. It was that art of 
strong, true praise for other people 
and for Sweet Briar that endeared 
her to us from her freshman college 
year until her death this April." 

Not long before, "Jackie" had 
written: "Long after you and I are 
gone. Sweet Briar will continue to 
flourish. Keep her close to your 
heart." 

This she always did in full 
measure. 

Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 



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Sweet Briar College 



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Sweet Briar Crewneck Sweatshirts by Velva Sheen, white with 
green seal, grey with navy seal, navy with white seal. S, M, L, XL, $13.95. 

Sweet Briar Scarf, specially designed in green and pink; made in Britain 
from high quality 100% wool flannel, $29.50. 

Double Old-Fashioned, (15 oz.), set of six, $20.50. 

Hi Ball Glass, (12 oz.), set of six, $19.50. 

Wine Glass, set of six, $28.50. 

Sweet Briar Seal Needlepoint Kit, 18" x 18", $35.00 ea. 

Sweet Briar Cross Stitch Kit, 6" x 8V4", $14.00. 

Sweet Briar Rocker, $159.00 (Freight $50.00). 

Sweet Briar Director's Chair, green canvas with white seal, $59.95 
(Freight $10.00); blue canvas with white seal, $59.95 (Freight $10.00). 

Sweet Briar Armchair, black with cherry arms, $174.50 (Freight 
$50.00). 

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Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595, (804) 381-6106. 

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Commencement 
Honors 



The Emilie Watts McVea Scholars 

Class of 1986: Patricia Susan Click, Atlanta. 
Ceorgia. and Louanne Pahel Woody. Hurt. 
Virginia, the two highest-ranking members of 
their class. 

The Penelope Czarra Award 

Harriet Dunlap McNair, Charlotte, North 
Carolina. This award honors the senior who 
best combines scholastic achievement, student 
leadership and effective contributions to the 
quality of student life at the College. 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

Melissa Jo Halstead. Lapeer. Michigan. This 
is given to a senior for her excellence as a 
human being and as a member of the College. 

The Walker Family Award 

Carol Anne Dickson. Tampa. Florida. This 
award honors a senior with high scholastic 
standing who has a cheerful, positive disposi- 
tion and shows warmth, generosity and 
humility. 

The Lawrence G. Nelson Award 

Eve Lynne Hill, Union, Maine. This is given 
to a senior for general excellence in English. 

The James Lewis Howe Award in 
Chemistry 

Nancy Anne Palermo. Melbourne Beach. 
Florida. 

The American Institute of Chemists 
Award 

Roberta Sue Stewardson. Englewood. 
Colorado 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 

Olivia Cary Sterling Hardin, Raleigh, North 
Carolina 

The Wall Street Journal Student 
.Achievement Award for Excellence in 
Economics 

Patricia Susan Click, Atlanta, Georgia 

The Marcia Capron Award for 
Excellence in French 

Donna Sylvia Prommas. Bronxville. New York 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award 

Susan Elizabeth Drez. Lake Charles, 
Louisiana. This award is given to a Junior 
Year in France student in the senior class 
with the highest average. The prize is Marcel 
Proust's three-volume work, A la recherche du 
temps perdu. 

The Jean Besselievre Boley Prize 

D'Arcy-Jean Muska. Broad Brook, 
Connecticut. This is awarded to the student 
submitting the best short story. 




Harriet D. McNair. daughter of 
Rebecca Towill '60 and granddaughter 
of Harriet Dunlap '28 (dec.) 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Jacqueline Grace Denu. Upper Saddle River. 
New Jersey. This prize is presented to a 
student who distinguishes herself in the field 
of English. 

Phi Beta Kappa, 1986 
Members elected by the Theta of 
Virginia Chapter 

From the Class of 1986: 

Mary Molyneux Abrams 
Robyn Lee Bailey 
Karole Lee Boggs 
Sallie Ann Carrington 
Melissa Ann Davison 
Carol Dickson 
Elizabeth Doyle 
Susan Elizabeth Drez 
Patricia Susan Click 
Melissa Jo Halstead 
Eve Lynne Hill 
Helen Greer Jar\'is 
Cathryn Lowrey 
Mary Beth Miller 
Lori Morris 
Nancy Anne Palermo 
Farzana Tehmeen Quader 
Linda Thoma 
Anne Parmly Toxey 
Jesse Ann White 
Louanne Woody 
Lavonia Fore Wright 

Summa Cum Laude 

Karole Boggs 
Patricia Click 
Melissa Halstead 
Helen Jarvis 
Louanne Woody 
Lavonia Wright 

Magna Cum Laude 

Mary .Abrams 
Robyn Bailey 
Sallie Carrington 
Melissa Da\'ison 
Carol Dickson 
Elizabeth Doyle 
Susan Drez 
Jennifer Green 
Eve Hill 



Katherine Connors Cassada, member- 
at-large of the Board of the Alumnae 
Association. 

Cathryn Lowrey 
Mary Beth Miller 
Lori Morris 
Nancy Palermo 
Farzana Quader 
Linda Thoma 
Anne Toxey 
Beth Ann Trapold 
Jesse White 

Cum Laude 

Christine Babcock 
Sharon Booth 
Patricia Buckley 
Katherine Connors 
Martha Cooke 
Jennifer Cooper 
Jennifer Crossland 
Jacqueline Denu 
Gail Glifort 
Laura Hand 
Colleen Handle 
Stephanie Jones 
Alison Kohlhepp 
Elizabeth Lindsey 
Harriet McNair 
Jean Notestein 
Amy Simmons 
Roberta Stewardson 
Kirsten Tollefson 
Isabelle Viguerie 
Cynthia Wacholtz 
Julie Weyand 

The Honors Program, 
Class of 1986 

Patricia Buckley — High Honors in Modern 
Languages 

Sallie Ann Carrington — Highest Honors in 
Biology 

Jennifer Cooper — Honors in Philosophy 

Elizabeth Doyle — High Honors in English 

Melissa Halstead — High Honors in 
International Affairs 

Laura Hand — High Honors in Philosophy 

Nancy Palermo — Highest Honors in 
Biology/Chemistry 



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Sweet Briar College 



NOTICES 




Thomas N. Connors 
Joins Staff 

Thomas Neel Connors 
joined the staff as Vice 
President for Business Af- 
fairs and Treasurer of 
Sweet Briar College on 
July 1, 1986. 

Mr. Connors brings to 
the position broad ex- 
perience in financial and 
business matters. He 
holds the B.A. degree 
from Colby College, has 
participated in programs 
of the American Institute 
of Banking and the 
American Management 
Association, and has 
served in the classroom at 
Virginia Polytechnic In- 



stitute and Hollins College 
where he taught accoun- 
ting and business law. He 
has been an officer in the 
North Carolina Bank and 
with J. W. Burress, Inc. 
Prior to accepting the 
position at Sweet Briar, 
he was President, Chief 
Executive Officer, and 
part-owner of the Jet-a- 
way Corporation in 
Roanoke. 

Mr. Connors also has 
been active in community 
service. In addition to his 
rt'cent service as a Direc- 
tor and Overseer of Sweet 
Briar College, he is cur- 
rently a Director and 
member of the Executive 
Committee, Colonial 
.American National Bank 
in Roanoke, and Chairman 
of the Long Range Plan- 
ning Council of the 
Episcopal Diocese of 
Southwestern Virginia. 
His prior civic respon- 
sibilities include service 
as director and member of 
the executive committee 
of Blue Ridge Public 
Television, director of The 
United Way, and Parent's 
Fund chairman of North 
Cross School (Roanoke). 

Sweet Briar has long 
occupied an important 
place in Mr. Connors' life. 
Jocelyn Palmer Connors 
'62, his wife, is a leader 
in the Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Association. His 
daughters, Kaky '86 and 
Dede '87, are well-known 
to the community. 




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Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Staff 
Member Nationally 
Recognized 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro 
'80, Assistant to the 
Director of the Alumnae 
Association, has been 
named an Outstanding 
Young Woman of America. 

Graduating from Sweet 
Briar with distinction in 
International Affairs, she 
received a scholarship 
from the Kosciuszko 
Foundation during her 
senior year for study in 
Poland. 

She is also a recipient 
of Oneida National Bank's 
John P. Sheehan 
Memorial Scholarship, the 
Elmira College Key from 
Elmira College and the 
John F. Kennedy High 
School's Top Scholar and 
Stagliano Speaker Awards. 

As an undergraduate, 
Louise was a member of 



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the Intercollegiate 
Equestrian Team, the In- 
ternational Club and 
worked as a staff reporter 
for the Sweet Briar News. 

Her responsibilities as 
Assistant to the Director 
of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion include managing 
Sweet Briar's Bulb Project 
and coordinating Reunion, 
Council and other special 
events. 

Congratulations, Louise! 

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Virginia Zenke '81, by her entries to the '86 Reunion 
Alumnae .'Vrt Exhibit. Anne Gary Pannell Center. 



Alumnae, members of 
their families and friends 
are invited to join Sweet 
Briar's Winter Term 
course in the London 
Theatre January 4-25, 
1987. Participants will see 
12-15 productions by the 
National Theatre, the 
Royal Shakespeare Com- 
pany (both in London and 
at Stratford) and the 
Royal Ballet, as well as 
others in the West End, 
and will meet with actors. 



dancers, writers, critics 
and other professionals in 
the theatre in a series of 
seminars. Housing: the 
new Mountbatten, a first- 
class, three-star hotel two 
blocks from Covent 
Garden. Program fee: 
about $1800 excluding 
airfare, lunches, dinners 
and incidental expenses in 
London. Anyone in- 
terested should contact 
Ralph Aiken at Sweet 
Briar as soon as possible. 



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Bed and Breakfast 

Bed & Breakfast of 
Tidewater Virginia (Nor- 
folk, Virginia Beach, 
Hampton, the Eastern 
Shore and Northern 
Neck): Ashby Jenkins 
Willcox '51 and Susan 
Tavlor Hubbard '51, P.O. 
Box 3343, Norfolk, VA 
23514 (804) 627-1983. 
Call anytime. Answering 
machine in use when co- 
ordinators away from 
phone. 

House-swappers, 
Unite! 

Any alumnae interested 
in exchanging houses in 
the US or abroad for 
vacations or longer terms, 
please send information to 
Editor, c/o Alumnae 
Office for listings in 
future magazine "notices". 




"Monks Fishing", a 17th century F"lemish oil painting, was the 50th Reunion gift of 
Mary Virginia Camp Smith '36 in memory of her husband, Charles Lee Smith, Jr. and in 
honor of her daughter. Mary Lindsay Smith Newsom '67. 




Elaine Schuster '58 (seated left) with three students from 
Oklahoma: seated. Melissa Ann Flesher '89; standing, 
Laura Hand '86 (1) and Lloys Prates '88. Elaine was on 
campus for the Board of Overseers meeting in .April. 



Recent Deaths 

.Mrs. E. Dallas Hudson (Nannie 

Claiborne AC) June 20. 198(5 
Miss Jean B. Bumgarner ('22) 

June 13, 1986 
Mrs. B.B. McCutchan, Jr (Clare 

Robertson '23) August 17, 

1984 
.Miss Evelvn L. Way ('25) 

February 10. 1985 
.Mrs. Thomas Rogere (Katherine 

Bruce '26) April 19, 1986 
.Mrs. Welton W. Harris (Wanda 

Jensch '261 July 1986 
Mrs. .M. Reinhold Mitchell 

(Margaret Reinhold '26) 

May 1986 
.Mrs. William S.D. Woods (Page 

Bird '28) May 12. 1986 
Mrs. David Mavbank (Marian R 

Taber '28) June 24. 1986 
.Mrs. W, Russell Moose, Jr 

(Marjorie Sturges '30) June 28, 

1986 
Mrs. Paul W. Watson (Helen 

Davis '31) May 29. 1986 
Mrs. Henry H. Gooch. Ill 

(Frances Whitehead '31) July 

3. 1986 
.Mrs. David E. Robeson (Jane 

Mitchell '35) May 31. 1986 
.Mrs. George R. Dornberger 
(Alice Strait Gass '40) April 

18, 1986 
Mrs. Thomas W. Whitehead. Ill 

((jertrude Kinsley '44) June 

11. 1986 
Diane Girling Mantell '66, 

July 26, 1986 



Travel For All 
Seasons 

Sponsored by the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae 
Association; programs and 
dates are subject to 
change. 

Tlw Lanrcntians and 
Montreal — 5-day Ski 
Package — March 3-8, 
1987 

Grand Tour of France — 
Giverny, Normandy, the 
Loire Valley, Paris — June 
3-June 15, "l987 

Bicycle Tour of Holland — 
Ride on solid English 
bicycles. For all ages 
(everyone rides bicycles in 
Holland). July 11-24, 1987 

Australia (including 
Tasmania) and New 
Zealand — November 
2-21, 1987 



Buy Bulbs! 

Wouldn't you like to 
beautify your garden and 
educate a young woman 
at the same time? 
BUY BULBS! 



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Sweet Briar College 



Request from 
Lifetimes Center 

Any alumna not interested 
in being contacted about 
her career by students or 
other alumnae, please 
notify the Office of Career 
Planning by September 
30, 1986. 



Alumnae Riding 
Reunion 

September 27-28, 1986. 
All classes invited. For 
further information, con- 
tact Paul D. Cronin, Direc- 
tor of Riding, RO. Box 6, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595, 
Tel: (804) 381-6116. 




LETTERS 



In memory of Nancy Dowd Burton, Class of 1946. her 
husband, Mike Burton, commissioned the Nancy Dowd 
Burton Award sculpture, which depicts a triptych in the 
Italian Gothic tradition. Pictured above are Mike and 
daughter, Connie. Traditionally, the triptych included the 
Madonna and child with two side panels for additional 
scenes or script. In this case, the central figure is not the 
Madonna, but symbolizes the maternal, engulfing, and 
omnipotent woman. The concept, as well as the sculpture 
itself, is abstract and is intended to be left open for inter- 
pretation. In the future one will look, interpret, and 
remember Nancy Dowd Burton and all that she gave of 
herself to Sweet Briar College. Most appropriately, the 
Class of 1946 was the first recipient of this award, which 
will be presented annually to the Reunion class raising the 
largest unrestricted gift. 



Silver Medallion 
Honoreesl986,NCCJ 

Dorothy (Dolly) 
Nicholson Tate '38 and 
husband Jack, longtime 
civic leaders in Charlotte, 
NC, were honored jointly 
with Humanitarian 
Awards by Charlotte's 
chapter of the National 
Conference of Christians 
and Jews (NCCJ) at the 
annual Awards Banquet 
on May 1, 1986. The 
Awards Banquet Program 
briefly described Dolly's 
community involvement: 
Dolly Tate has spent most 
of her adult life working to 
improve the lives of 
children. Her goal is to in- 
sure that every child has 
the undei'standing, help, 
and guidance to grow into 
a healthy adult and to 
discover his or her in- 
dividual potential. Her con- 
cern about teen pregnancies 
led her to help organize 
Teen-Age Parents Services 
(TAPS) and to work 
tirelessly for other youth- 
related agencies. 

Her expertise in youth 
care merited her appoint- 
ment to state planning 
agencies for children: and 
she has been recognized 
with the first "Dolly" 
award, the "Governor's 
Award", and Charlotte's 
"Woman Of The Year" 
award. Dolly promotes 
human welfare and social 
reform while maintaining a 
keen sensitivity to the uni- 
queness and dignity of the 
people she serves. 



Dear Editor: 

I write in response to 
Ms. Coleman's piece. Tur- 
ning Point Plus One. in 
your Summer 1986 issue. 

First, I always address- 
ed the author as Ms., not 
Mrs., Coleman. In her 
defense, however, I should 
admit that in my dialect 
the distinction is not 
clear. 

Second, Ms. Coleman 
might have left your 
readers with the impres- 
sion that I abuse only old 
ladies. Not true! I abuse 
all students without 
regard to age or gender. 

Sincerely, 

Godzilla 
Professor of Law 



Alumnae Magazine 



29 



Class 
Notes 



Academy 



Ruth Stevens Morrow died on 
March 26, 1984 at age 90 She had 
been living in a nursing home in 
Asheville. NC. since shortly after her 
husband, Rogers death m 1982, Ruth 
and Roger were active members of the 
Carolina Mountain Club for over 30 
years, and, for over 20 years, Ruth 
was treasurer of St. Annes Circle at 
Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, 
I^C, where the graveside services 
were held Ruth had no children 



1917 



Mary Bissell Ridler died in Dec 85 
in Tequesta, FL where she and her 
husband. Earl Ridler, had been living 
in their own apartment Seventeen 
members of her family had gathered 
for her 90th birthday on Thanksgiving 
Day, '85 At Sweet Briar, where she 
spent two years in the Academy and 
four in the College. (Vlary ma)ored in 
Chemistry and Math She became one 
of the first women in industry, work- 
ing m the analytical lab of the 
Grasselli Chemical Co, in Cleveland, 
One of Mary and Earl's four children, 
Jean Ridler Fahrenbach, graduated 
from SBC in '45 



1921 



President 

Florence Woellel (Mrs Florence 
Elston-Beemer). 6885 North Ocean 
Blvd.. Delray Beach. FL 33308 
Secretary 

Florence Ives Hathaway (Mrs. Lloyd 
A ), 32 Prince Street, t\leedham. MA 
02192 
Fund Agent 

Edith Ourrell Marshall (Mrs. Edward 
C ). 3550 Shaw Ave . Apt, 155. Cin- 
cinnati, OH 45208 

Francese Evans Ives, our Freshman 
president writes that "a dramatic 
change" has taken place m her life. 
After living in New Jersey lor 60 
years, she has moved to a retirement 

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community in Southold, LI, There she 
found to her delight Woodis Finch 
Hudson '25 living in the same com- 
plex Franceses family are travelers 
Her son is in Saudi Arabia His 
14-year-old son goes from a New 
England boarding-school to visit his 
parents three times a year One 
granddaughter, just back from her art 
studies m India, flew to Austria for a 
Christmas skiing vacation Another 
one IS working in CA and her grand- 
son, a budding young lournalist. 
covered the election in the Philippines. 
Frances herself traveled to Texas to 
be with her brother for Christmas 

Edith (Betty to us) Morris Coleman 
is an enthusiastic ham operator out of 
St. Cloud. She takes time for bridge, 
church work, her sorority and 
membership in the "Wines of 
Nobles " She is loyal to SBC. sends 
greetings to us, and wants to make 
our 65th (Eds note She did') 

Mary "Lette" McLemore Matthews 
says she stays "on the go" every day 
and is blessed with good health. She 
has compassion on those who don't 
and makes numerous calls on "shut- 
ins " She enjoys bridge, mah-|ongg 
and other "sociabilities " Because 
Norfolk IS near Suffolk, she sees the 
other "Lette" frequently and says she 
looks fine. 

Elizabeth "Lette" Shoop Dixon says 
she IS thankful to be one of the 20 
living graduates of the class of '21 
and her days at SBC were "enioyable. 
much fun. and hard work " She 
would have loved to have got back for 
our 65th but it is |ust loo far. 

Florence Woelfel Elston has moved 
from Chicago to Florida She is still 



our travelling classmate, having spent 
a glorious month in France on a 
gourmet tour Two days alter her 
return she fell on a curb and landed 
in the hospital but she was soon go- 
ing places and doing things as usual. 
(Ed s note Florence and Gordon 
Beemer were married in Sweet Briar 
House on the eve of Reunion '86 — 
see Martha Clement s article in this 
issue.) 

Gertrude Pauley Crawford, who lives 
in Grosse Point. Ml, writes from 
Florida where she winters that her life 
IS a happy one She spends much 
time in Wisconsin where many of her 
family live and finds her grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren one of her 
greatest |oys, 

Catherine Hanitch again writes hap- 
pily about her contentment in a 
church-related nursing home in 
Hopkins, MN. 

Edith Durrell Marshall can't be held 
down She is living in a delightful 
retirement home in Cincinnati, and still 
drives She recently took a 10-day 
jaunt to Washington DC to see the 
"Treasures of Britain " exhibit at the 
National Gallery. Her daughter Ann. 
and Libby Whitley, both SBC grads. 
wheelchaired her through the 30 
rooms that held the fabulous display, 
collected over a period of 500 years, 
Edith plans to return to her summer 
place in Michigan. No one has done 
more than she to keep '21 together. 

Hildegarde Flanner Monhoff, our 
poet from Calistoga. CA tells us of ad- 
ditions to her long list of published 
poems "Poems" in the Pans Review 
and a book. Brief Cherishing, a collec- 
tion from the Napa Valley 




Class of 1921 



Florence Oowden Wood, who lived 
most of her married life in Cape May. 
NJ and. with her husband, traveled 
worldwide in search of anthropological 
fossils. IS now living in the Lutheran 
House in Ocean View. NJ According 
to her niece, she is reasonably well 
after recovering from two strokes and 
has maintained her wonderful sense of 
humor. We all remember her as an 
extremely intelligent and active 
person 

Nell McCaa Cole, is thrilled after 
living in Shreveport. LA for 11 years 
that she is going back to visit her 
sister. Mary McCaa Deal '19, in her 
home state She adds. "My heart will 
always be m Virginia " She made a 
recent contact with "Lib" Claxton. 
her roommate at SBC 

Gertrude Anderson considers herself 
very fortunate to be living in her own 
home in Findlay. OH and still driving 
and traveling. This year she took a 
boat cruise on the Hudson River, 
stopping at West Point and Hyde 
Park; she also cruised along the Con- 
necticut River and around Long Island 
and Manhattan Added to this is a 
projected trip to South Carolina and a 
family reunion at the wedding of a 
great nephew She expressed ap- 
preciation for the news of her 
classmates in the Alumnae Magazine. 

Ruth Geer Boice comments that her 
traveling days are over; many of us 
are about to reach that plateau. Ruth 
is content in her place of residence at 
the Crest View Club in Sylvania. OH. 
Her son is in Pakistan in business; 
she'll be glad when he returns to 
American soil 

Shelly Rouse Aageson's husband 
was mugged a few months ago; her 
recent card says that he has not fully 
recovered from his hospital experience 
with neurologist, masseuses and pro- 
longed nursing care. Shelly says. 
"Shall miss yall" at our 65th and 
remembers so happily the 60th 

Your sec . Florence Ives Hathaway 
has also changed her residency after 
55 years in Abington. MA to 
Needham. MA. 15 miles from Boston 
My daughter added a sunshiny apart- 
ment to her home for me She has 
four daughters and holds two parttime 
|Obs It's a merry household and I feel 
fortunate to be here. I spent two 
months in Florida in the winter, and 
visited my younger son in PA; now 

Sweet Briar College 



I'm looking forward to a visit with my 
sister-in-law, Francese and will return 
to Maine in August 



1925 



Secretary 

Cordelia (Oeedie) KIrkendall Barricks 

(Mrs Arthur A ), 100 Bay Place, 
#2101. Oakland, California 94610 

I will tackle the 1985 news before 
going on to 1986 

I was the only one back for our 
60th, I was the oldest one and had 
come the farthest of all returning 
alumnae. I was housed in Grammar. 
The Class of 1930 "adopted me "; 
since then I have heard from Carolyn 
Martindale Blouin (1930) and Marion 
Walker Alcaro (1935). Carolyn's hus- 
band was with her. They both were so 
good to me. Carolyn brought down the 
house with her witty report on her 
class's activities and the money it 
gave to Sweet Briar. I gave a little 
talk and reported about the money we 
gave which amounted to over 
$2,000.00. I believe our class has 
diminished to 42: sad, but true 

There were over 500 on campus 
consisting of alumnae and husbands. I 
made up a scrap book which was left 
along with the one I made for 1980, 
in the alumnae office. You might en|oy 
seeing them, if ever on campus. I 
spent hours on them so I feel it was a 
case of "Love's Labor Lost" 

All of you should be proud of your 
college. There was such enthusiasm 
shown, not only in verbal accolades, 
but in monetary gifts. 

We had such a fun and cultural 
time. Everything was so well planned 
and executed without a hitch. Even 
the weather cooperated so we could 
enjoy even more the beauty of the 
campus and surroundings. It was a 
real treat to visit the home of Sweet 
Briar's President, Nenah Fry The 
upstairs has now been opened. The 
whole home exudes warmth and 
hospitality. 

After leaving Sweet Briar my life- 
long friend, Lucile Carpenter Jacobs 
entertained me in her gorgeous retire- 
ment home, Westminster-Canterbury 
in Lynchburg I saw classmate lone 
McKenzie Walker, and also saw Lydia 
Purcell Wilmer (1923), who is still for- 
tunate to have her husband. Frederic. 
All residents are enjoying this type of 
retirement living 

Lucile was good enough to drive me 
to Amherst to see Gertrude Kinsley 
(Giddy) Whitehead. Giddy can't get 
about, but her keen mind rallied to 
our great reminiscences She lives in 
the Old Whitehead home, all restored 
and enlarged beautifully, and is sur- 
rounded by the love of her daughter 
and family who live with her 

Besides the joy of reunion I had joy 
in June and July with the visit of two 
granddaughters and one of their 

Alumnae Magazine 



husbands. The other husband stayed 
home in Pasco, Washington, to take 
care of their two children Chores, 
duties and pleasures are always on 
my agenda at the Towers Twice a 
year we have a fashion show, and I'm 
in as a "stylish stout," size 12 or 
14 Margaret Hogue Ptautz modeled, 
too. We think that is pretty good 
recognition at 83 I wore a costume 
for Halloween decorated with shells 
and went as "The Shell Game " 

Thanksgiving and Christmas found 
me m California enjoying my local 
family. Sorry I missed the Sweet Briar 
Day luncheon in San Francisco in 
December 

Before going on to 1986 I want to 
make a correction in my 1985 column. 
It concerned Ruth Pratt Jones's news 
Ruth has eight grandchildren and four 
great-grandchildren I wrote that Mary 
Hampton Martin Dempster had this 
family, and, alas! Mary Hampton had 
no children. Sorry about this, but I 
know I won't be fired from this 
volunteer |ob 

Louise Wolf Arnold lives in Palm 
Beach, Florida, in the winter, and 
t^antuckel in the summer. Her son, 
Bob, lives in Nantucket all year and is 
an artist, selling his pictures for as 
much as $7,000.00 each Louise is 
an artist, too, and sells her pictures, 
but tor less. Bob has four children. 
two in college and two in boarding 
school- Another son, Fritz, lives in 
Mallorca, Spain He visited the Ar- 
nolds in Palm Beach and all went to 
Charleston, South Carolina, to do 
some sightseeing of the lovely homes 
and their furnishings. Mollie, the 
daughter, lives m Long Island. She 
has a daughter in her senior year in 
college and a son in business in Pro- 
vidence. Rl. Mollie loves her three 
horses and rides a lot George. 
Louise's husband, is doing fine and 
Louise writes she is surviving 

Mary Reed Hartshorn remembers 
me well after all these years She is 
still living in Bradford Terrace Apart- 
ments in Milwaukee Her dear hus- 
band Ted died a year ago, peacefully 
in his sleep. Her daughter lives in 
Milwaukee and stops to see Mary 
almost every day. She lives in a 
wonderful place with many good 
friends, bridge, cocktail parties, fine 
dinners, etc. She is grateful to be 
there and to have good health. 

Margaret Hogue Ptautz writes she 
has tour "great-grands" — two boys 
and two girls. All of her children are 
doing well. Her oldest son is still at 
NBC- Her #2 son is retired as a Major 
General and is heading a commission 
for the government. One grand- 
daughter leaves for the Mid East 
soon, which worries all the family 

Virginia Burks Miller is still in a 
nursing home in Aurora, Colorado 
She cannot see well enough to write 
but still can read for short times the 
large-print books. She will watch 
anything on television if it involves the 
University of Michigan and has 
become a Denver Bronco fan. She en- 



joys having her daughter read the 
Sweet Briar notes in the magazine. 
She has three children, 14 grand- 
children, and four great-grandchildren. 

Dora Hancock Williams has lived a 
quiet life since moving to Cape Cod in 
1980 Their daughter wanted her 
parents nearby, and they built a 
house near them. Dora's husband 
died last August. She has her family 
next door and friends nearby so it is 
not too lonesome. She wishes she 
could get back to SBC but her eyes 
are bad so she can't drive and travel- 
ing any other way is too difficult for 
her with her arthritis 

Lucille Smith Lindner writes no 
news is good news, whaf Five 
maintenance men (A.K.A. doctors) are 
keeping her on her feet and doing 
well for her She wishes she would 
come to SB., but travels vicariously 
thru friends and relatives 

Woodis Finch Hudson has moved to 
Colonial Village. Southold. New York, 
near her summer place. She expects 
her sister's, Helen Halford's, son, 
John Halford, and her sister's 
daughter, Helen Elida for a visit. She 
also says she thinks Dot Keller's idea 
for reunion is a good one — also the 
questionnaire — but she's too old to 
want any more material 

Gertrude McGittert MacLennan 
writes that of the 10 grandchildren 
only two are still in college Two have 
become lawyers, one granddaughter is 
in law school One teaches French in 
Alaska. One is a speech therapist and 
will work for a Ph D.. and his wife is 
working on her masters. One is an 
electrical engineer, so is his wife 
Gertrude is expecting her fifth great- 
grandchild by summer. They have a 
fine happy family and have lots of lov- 
ing family parties. She says they have 
had about a dozen guests and expect 
more, and they are all fun. They still 
play bridge and the time flies with 
their garden and yard work, reading 
and TV, church, dinners and guests 

If you have any information about 
Dorothy Leathern (Mrs Tom Nelson), 
please send it to the Alumnae Office 

Elsie Haller says that nature on the 
barrier islands off the coast of Florida 
can be both pleasant and vicious. She 
suffered damage from a hurricane and 
is trying to find a smaller place on the 
mainland. Elsie has no living relatives 
and her dog is a great solace to her 

The following deaths will sadden 
you lone McKenzie Walker, Catherine 
Mienecks Crawford, and Mary Dowd 
Houck. Thanks for writing. I surely 
am far beyond retirement age. Who 
wants the |0b? My sweet daughter-in- 
law does the typing. 



1929 



President 

Sara Callison Jamison (Mrs. John R. 
620 Ridgewood Dr., West Lafayette, 
It^ 47906 



Secretary 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes (Mrs James 

V). 447 Heckewelder Place, 

Bethlehem, PA 18018 

Fund Agent 

Adelaide Henderson Cabaniss (Mrs 

Wm F.E.). Gunners Range, Royal 

Oak, MD 21662 

Accolades to our many classmates 
who responded to my plea for news to 
present in our annual letter. Jane 
Wilkinson Banyard reports "my mam 
news IS a great-great granddaughter's 
arrival on my birthday. September 28, 
1985". Jane is just home from a 
month in England. Natalie Sidman 
Smith had a summer trip to France, 
Belgium, Holland and Copenhagen. 
Lee writes "we had lectures in art 
and architecture en route. Highlight 
was Monet's house and garden at 
Giverny." Last winter in Florida she 
spent one night with Gudrun Eskensen 
Chase '26, who lives in Del Ray 
Beach Lee has two grandchildren 
graduating from college, Cindy from 
Ohio Wesleyan and Gordon from the 
University of Maine. Rosa Heath 
Bridges writes "this past fall I went 
with two of my children on a cruise to 
the Caribbean which was delightful in 
all ways, particularly in convenience 

not too long ago I went on a SB. 
trip to London which was well 
organized " Dorothea Paddock Seeber 
is the executive director of "Indepen- 
dent Citizens Research Foundation for 
the Study of Degenerative Diseases. 
Inc. "...This group takes a preventive 
holistic approach to disease, feels that 
much illness is caused by the stress 
of modern life styles and advocates 
research into the causes of this 
stress It also studies environmental 
factors, especially radiation. Martha 
Dabney Jones writes "the friend who 
had shared my home for twenty years 
died in August and I am now living 
alone Fortunately I am very active 
and my time is fully occupied with 
volunteer work — especially as senior 
warden of my parish, between 
rectors." 

Mary Eunice Allen writes "we are 
living quietly and happily in Hunt- 
ington with all old friends, playing 
bridge, taking an occasional trip 
(shorter every year)." Julia Harrison 
Watt's husband, James, is a very 
noted neurological surgeon, now 
retired They came for a special din- 
ner at Sweet Briar last fall and were 
impressed with the many changes. 
They have moved to a lovely con- 
dominium at the Winchester, near the 
National Cathedral. They are planning 
to go to some special medical 
meetings in Europe this spring. 
Elizabeth Hilton writes "all I have to 
report for news is — I fell in my kit- 
chen and broke my hip. It took most 
of the summer to recover from the 
operation." 

Claire Hoyt Gaver writes "my hus- 
band died suddenly in November. 
1983. I went back to work for the 
Fairlawn Board of Education shortly 

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thereafter and I am still working I 
have three sons (an engineer, a 
banker and a lawyer) and five 
assorted grandchildren, ages 5 to 21 
Sweet Briar seems very distant but 
the memories have not faded " Edith 
R. Tollelsen writes "my interests are 
mostly in preservation and colonial 
furniture, history also. Since my hus- 
band died in '63 I have traveled pretty 
extensively in England. Scotland, 
Scandinavia, Italy, Greece and Turkey 
I am going to Alaska this year My 
only volunteer work is as a doceni at 
Wilton House Museum, the state col- 
onial dames headquarters tor 
Virginia Adelaide Henderson 
Cabaniss and Bill flew out to Albu- 
querque to visit their son and his 
wite Belle Brockenbrough Hutchins is 
spending the winter at Del Ray Beach 
as usual She went to the Hillsboro 
Club to have lunch with Elizabeth 
Pinkerton Scott '36 and her lovely 
children and grandchildren Sally 
Callison Jamison reports they had a 
good winter in Naples and saw several 
Sweet Briar gals Her sister. Jane 
Smith. 30, visited them Her 
daughter. Jane Callison Smith 59. 
came down to Naples to drive them 
back to Indiana The last night before 
reaching home they went to Louisville 
to pay their yearly visit to Ruth 
Meredith Ferguson and her husband 
Fred Smythe who had |ust returned 
from Portugal Jo Tatman Mason 
reports. "In Naples, Florida, this 
February Mace and I had several 
grand visits with Sally and Jamie 
Jamison They both look wonderful. 
Sally the same as m school, lull of 
tun and enthusiasm Then we went to 
Del Ray Beach where we had a 
delightful evening with Belle Brocken- 
brough Hutchins and Louise Harned 
Ross. '28 Belle's apartment is 
beautiful, and so is she' Now we are 
leaving in a few days for the Orient 
and are very excited about the trip' 
Ella Parr Phillips Hotchkiss writes 
■ with my new husband as of 1983 
we have had wonderful trips to 
Canada and Hawaii and this summer 
we go to Alaska It is great fun' My 
daughter is doing a good |ob as PR 
Director at Barnard College m NYC I 
hope sometime we can stop at SBC on 
trips from wintering in Florida and 
spending our summers in Connecticut. 
I would love to see the campus 
again " 

Katherine Whaley Willey writes I 
have lived in Cambridge. MA. For the 
past 35 years, where my husband is a 
professor in Archeology at Harvard. I 
have been on "digs" with him in 
Peru. Honduras and Guatemala We 
have also spent two separate years in 
Cambridge. England, where he taught 
at Cambridge University We have two 
daughters and five grandchildren 
Louise Chapman Plamp says she is 
sorry she can't write more legibly, but 
due to a broken hip she is writing on 
her lap She has three children and 
the twins graduated from SBC in '55 
Barbara s husband is the Bishop of 

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Rhode Island Louise has eight grand- 
children, scattered from St Louis to 
California Kathleen Firestone Car- 
ruthers says "Frank and I have spent 
every winter on the east coast of 
Florida However this winter we are m 
Naples on the west coast and like it 
very much We have four grand- 
daughters, the newest one Colby 
Elizabeth 7 mos. daughter of Mike 
and Linda Carruthers Mike is a Ten- 
nis Pro and they live in Columbus 
Grandson David. Jr is an attorney, is 
married and lives in Columbus Our 
son David and Bonnie also live in Col- 
umbus, so we see our family often 
David IS president of his own real 
estate company Frank plays a lot of 
golf He IS active in Rotary " Sarah 
Dodgen Gordon writes. "So much has 
happened since that time we had 
together at our 50lh Reunion I lost 
Russ 2'/2 years ago and have been 
trying to adjust to a life without him 
My children have been wonderfully 
helpful Sallie. her husband Alfred 
Page and their daughter live in Tryon, 
N C . only 10 miles away Bill and his 
two children. Kathy and Billy, are with 
me while they are completing their 
education. Bill, alter being a college 
professor for more than 20 years, has 
|ust acquired a law degree At present 
he IS in Botswana. Africa, on a 
teaching assignment at the University 
there Im still living on our lovely 
lake in these beautiful mountains "" 
Adeline Hoffman Allen writes. We 
moved to Clearwater. Florida in 1962 
I love Florida Dick passed away m 
March. 1978 In October 1980 I 
moved into a retirement complex in 
downtown Clearwater We had one 
son. Col Richard H Allen, who works 
in Washington and lives in Annandale. 
Virginia, with his wile Karena and two 
children. Seth 9 and Trent 12 I travel 
a lot — cruises especially Janet 
Bruce Bailey moved into Stonegate. 
Greenville. Delaware, last April. She 
calls It a beautiful retirement facility, 
very close to where her daughter 
lives, ""a different life but a pleasant 
way to live Of my eight grandchildren 
three are married and one is the 
mother of my two great grandchildren 
— a boy and a girl All the grand- 
children are through college except 
one and he will be going to college 
next year (1986) I spent two weeks 
this winter with a friend from Nyack 
where I grew up at Deertield Beach — 
weather was cold, not like St Thomas 
or Florida," 

Margaret Kneedler Fellows advises 
she will be leaving her home in 
August and moving to a Life Care 
Retirement Community called "Granite 
Farms Estates" — Apt C-212. 1343 
W Baltimore Pike. WaWa. Pa- 
Margaret Walton McLester writes 
"Last year I sold my home of 43 
years and came to the Lakewood 
Manor Retirement Community to spend 
the rest of my life, or better stated, 
the rest of my pilgrimage en route to 
heaven. Entering here is like a one 
way ticket on a cruise vessel steaming 



toward one port of debarkation " 
Isabelle North Wright says The best 
thing I can tell you is that I'm alive 
and going strong My ten grands keep 
me jumping The oldest is getting his 
MBA from Emory in May One girl a 
lunior at Agnes Scott, one a junior at 
Converse — then going on down to 
one in kindergarten' I play bridge 
often, looking forward to seeing 
Sarah Dodgen Gordon in April when I 
can leave town during "the Masters' I 
stay busy with Garden Club, church 
— and Mary Warren Home, Sustainer 
in the Junior League, "" Eleanor 
Duvall Spruill hopes to get back to 
painting after a summer cruise from 
Fort Lauderdale to the Western 
Mediterranean Last summer she and 
her husband went to England Later in 
the summer she went with a cousin 
on a canal boat that goes up the Hud- 
son and then by canals and rivers to 
Montreal and Quebec They came 
home through Vermont where her 
daughter and her family have an old 
farmhouse near Burlington The oldest 
grandchild graduates from Mary 
Baldwin m June Two younger 
brothers are at the College of 
Charleston 

"Libber" Lanklord Miles and John 
moved in Sept "85 from an old 
9-room house in Maine to the 
Westminster-Canterbury in Lynchburg 
Libber writes, "We have settled in 
nicely here There are lots of SBC gals 
here but none from "29 Amelia Scott 
Hollis lives in Lynchburg and I see 
her now and then Gert Prior has been 
sick — gallstones operation m the 
hospital jusl across from us — but is 
home again and doing well Martha 
von Briesen I see every day, and she 
is a real inspiration to us all, Ruth 
Johnston Bowen. '26. has joined us 
here Lucy Harrison Miller Baber. 30. 
and Elizabeth Eggleslon, 19. along 
with two former professors. Bertha 
Wailes and Marion Benedict, make up 
our SBC contingent It is a joy to be 
near enough to campus to buzz over 
whenever I feel like it John likes it 
too 

In March Jimmy and I enjoyed a 
week on Sanibel Island in Florida 
visiting our doctor son. Bennett, his 
wife Cynthia and our three grand- 
daughters who were there on various 
vacation breaks We drove over to 
f^aples to visit Virginia Chaffee Gywnn 
in her delightful home Jinney has 
written to me as follows: "My hus- 
band Bill died in February at the age 
of 81 We had been married 56 years 
I plan to remain in Naples and keep 
my house My son John lives in Clear- 
water. Florida He has lour children 
The oldest. Lisa, has been married for 
three years, son Bill is in college in 
Tampa, son Richard is in his second 
year at Georgia Tech and the youngest 
son IS ready for college this fall My 
daughter died in 1961. leaving two 
granddaughters who now live in 
Philadelphia The oldest is 29 and will 
be married on June 28lh I play a lot 
of bridge, do hospital, cancer and 



church work, and travel — the Carib- 
bean over Xmas. Alaska last spring 
and Hong Kong. China and Japan next 
month," 

Frances Guthrie remembers rooming 
with Lib Ferguson in Reid but was 
only at SBC one year as the Depres- 
sion hit the coal industry before the 
'29 stock crash Frances (Peg) 
worked with the Army in San Juan 
and Puerto Rico all during WWII, went 
to Japan with the International Military 
Tribunal in 1945-50, and went to 
work for the CIA from 1950-68 in 
Japan. Washington and Manila Upon 
retirement in 1968 she returned to 
Charleston. WV Her nephew married 
Epsie Tyler Campbells daughter. Tia 
(also SBC) m Norfolk, in the 50's. 
Libber Lankford was there Frances 
says the Dec 84 Sweet Briar Day in 
Charleston was great but Dec '85 
fizzled because of dreadful weather so 
they're thinking of changing it to early 
Sept She loves reading about you all 
in the magazine 

Ann Gochnauer has just written 
about the wonderful time she and her 
sister. Kitty G. Slater. 33. had on a 
spring trip to visit SBC friends in 
Richmond She says. "It was my first 
trip after several bouts in the hospital 
— one for open heart surgery with 
quadruple bypass I am now able to 
be in my Upperville. Virginia, antique 
shop which mother started m 1929 
This area is preparing for Garden 
week and my sister Kitty's home is 
open this year " Ruth Abell Bear. 
'26. and I belong to the same AAUW 
Literature Study Group in Bethlehem 
We usually have the first fall meeting 
at my house and our last spring 
meeting at the Bear's lovely stone 
farmhouse. 

Over the past two years Jimmy and 
I have made frequent trips (almost on 
a commuting basis) to Richmond, 
Virginia to visit Jimmy's sister. Elise 
Eppes Cutchin. who has moved to the 
Westminster-Canterbury retirement 
center Recently Elise had a luncheon 
for us at the Virginia Art Museum 
Among the guests were Nora Lee An- 
trim. Maria Bemiss Hoar and Patty 
Moncure Drewry 39 We see 
Margaret Moncure Johnson from time 
to time, as well as Lisa Guigon 
Shinberger who has many diversified 
interests and enjoys living in her 
charming childhood home on Franklin 
St Maria Bemiss Hoar recently has 
been elected to the Vestry of St 
Paul's Church, 

Last fall I was fortunate to be able 
to attend the SBC Council meetings I 
was very much impressed by the ac- 
tive participation of both students and 
the faculty in the various group 
discussions and forums that were 
devoted to evaluating past ac- 
complishments and making plans for 
the future 



Sweet Briar College 



1933 



President 

Virginia Vesey Woodward (Mrs 

Joseph J ), 4, Merry Circle, Newport 

News, VA 23606 

Secretary 

Jean van Home Baber (Mrs Malcolm 

J ), #804 Hill House, 201 West 

Evergreen Avenue, Philadelptiia, PA 

19118 

Fund Agent 

Jessie Coburn Laulshuff (Mrs Perry) 

P Box 689, Amtierst, VA 24521 

Once again it is time tor our class 
news. Thank you to all who re- 
sponded, all others please |oin the 
crowd By the way. who is our scrap- 
book chairman' Whoever it is, please 
write me so that we can plan ahead 

Elena Doty Angus sent a post card 
from Pompano Beach, FL where she 
and Bruce were vacationing I. Jean 
van Home Baber, have been writing 
for my local Philadelphia newspaper 
and also for our Hilton Head Island, 
S.C, newspaper and magazine, Mary 
and Margaret Imbrie '33 visited me 
there for two weeks in February '86, I 
had a telephone visit with Susalee 
Belser Norris June 1985 Gail 
Shepherd Bean came to call in 
Philadelphia In July '85 I was in Col- 
orado August, I visited Gerry Mallory 
Lees, in Tenafly, NJ In October, Nan- 
cy Coe '31 and I returned to Sweet 
Briar tor the celebration of the conclu- 
sion of the college's three-year fund 
drive. We were given an all-day tour 
of Charlottesville where I met Bruce 
and Elena Doty Angus 

Blanche Davles Barloon spent 
September m Pans She attended the 
opening of the Picasso Museum and 
saw Christo wrapping the Pont Neuf 

Gail Shepherd Bean was in 
Philadelphia in June, the occasion be- 
ing an honorary degree award to her 
husband They went on to visit a son 
in Blairstown, N.J 

Mary Kate Patten Bromfield and 
husband, Bing. were in Hawaii March 
'86 for a golf and bridge visit with her 
brother and his wife "Our oldest 
grandchild, Katie Anderson, graduates 
from Miami U this May, sister Susan 
IS a lunior at Hamilton The other six, 
spread among our three children, 
follow right along down to 8-year-old 
Mark Of these two more will be in 
college in the east" 

Janet Blood Brown and her husband 
spend three months on the Florida 
Keys, three months at NJ seashore, 6 
months in PA There is a grandson, 
16, 

Janet McGregor Curtin and husband 
spend summers in Canandaigua, NY 
and winters on Sanibel Island, FL 
where she volunteers for FISH and 
Sanibel Library 

Jeannette Shambaugh Elliott con- 
tinues her hobby of collecting 19th 
and 20th century Chinese paintings 
and calligraphies. Her collection has 
been given to the Phoenix, AZ Art 

Alumnae Magazine 



Museum She takes an occasional 
course at the University of Arizona, 
plays tennis, hikes and likes to cook 

Marjorie Morse Emiing's older 
daughter has been in Haiti since 
February '85 November '85 Marione 
and Ralph had a three-week tour to 
Japan. Hong Kong. Bangkok. Penang. 
Singapore and Bali Last year we 
mistakenly said that Marjorie had 
spent a month with her brother in 
Australia, it should have been "with 
her daughter 

Marjorie Gubelman Hastert had a 
happy Christmas holiday when her 
daughter and family from Australia 
spent a month with her Another 
daughter, son and family live in 
Hawaii Her oldest grandson, Peter 
Cannon, from Australia, is coming to 
U. of Hawaii next fall 

Elizabeth Stuart Gray is another 
classmate who travelled in 1985, It 
was Ireland in May, an APVA tour in 
consort with Dublin Georgian Society 
June It was Maine to visit a nephew's 
family, August it was WA State to be 
with sister. Ellen Douglas Wilson '44 
and husband at retirement home on 
Lopez Island September saw her in 
Wisconsin and Illinois seeing relatives 
and friends The big trip. Nov 
18-December 18 took her to New 
Zealand and Australia via Tahiti. 
Honolulu and L, A, It meant taking 23 
plane flights 

Nevll Crute Holmes and husband 
have moved to Florida where she is 
learning about swimming pools, solar 
heat, lawn sprinklers, camellias, rat- 
tlesnakes and tree frogs. Summers 
will be in Asheville, NC. Elizabeth 
Clary Treadwell. '32/33 and husband 
Ben came to visit 

Marjorie Ris Hyland and husband 
en route south to their summer home 
in Highlands. SC stopped at Sweet 
Briar, her first visit since graduation 
She was stunned by the riding 
facilities and the beauty of the cam- 
pus. January '86 they had a Trans 
Panama Canal Cruise. 

Ella Jesse Latham sees Sue Graves 
Stubbs and Susalee Belser Norris 
regularly They were all distressed by 
the death of Martin Burks. Rose 
Beverley's husband Ella took her two 
daughters to Woodstock. England 
again this year, in March, for another 
gardening course. They had a 
delightful time 

Cotton Skinner Shepherd writes that 
her husband died last year "I have 
moved to a smaller house after 30 
years in our other one I am gradually 
getting adjusted and making a new 
lite pattern, I still play tennis " 

Mary Nelson Neville Sleman took a 
tour to Germany and France in July 
'85 with daughter, Mary Ann 
Strasheim and her son, Fred All the 
family went to Bradenton Beach, FL to 
wedding of nephew. Bill Bystrom and 
Jeanne Holmes, Fall and Christmas 
were spent at home in Omaha, 
January '86 she visited sister, 
Frances Newberry, in AZ When at 
home Mary Nelson is Regent of 



NSDAR, Seaux Lookout Chapter, and 
V P of Episcopal Church Women of 
l^orth Platte 

Katharine Gochnauer Slater has two 
granddaughters, prospects for Sweet 
Briar Meg, who graduates this year 
from St Margaret's, Tappahannock, 
VA IS making application "Grand- 
mother K K., as I'm called, is still a 
tennis player My partner and I made 
the semi-finals in a recent club tour- 
nament and not for fifty and older " 

Margaret Wayland Taylor and her 
husband spent a Colonial Christmas in 
Williamsburg March '86 they visited 
their son and family in Tuscaloosa, 
AL, Dr, George is on faculty of UAL 
in Spanish Department, Peggy and 
Robert plan to |oin a UVA Alumni trip 
to France this October 

Virginia Vesey Woodward sees Anne 
Brooke and her sister from time to 
time in Virginia Beach Vesey's 
daughter and family came for 
Christmas with grandchildren, 6 and 
4, 

Betty Workman Wright spent one 
week in '85 at Epcot 'I still laugh at 
those silly fountains jumping all over 
the place This year I go to California 
to visit my daughter who plans a 
horseback trek into the hills. Con- 
sidering I haven't been on a horse in 
40 years, I hope I survive this as well 
as I did the '85 river raft trip 



1937 



President 

Peggy Cruikshank Dyer (Mrs 

Holmes), Box 662, 43 Holmes Street, 

Marion, MA 02738 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Lee McPhail (Mrs. E, Fred), 

P Box 785, Linville. NC 28646 

Editor's note: 37'ers. remember 
your 50th reunion. May 22-24. 1987 
We need a class secretary for 1937: 
please contact the Alumnae Ottice it 
you are interested. The lollowmg news 
was received in the Office: 

Last July. Margaret Merritt Haskell 
and her husband moved into the one- 
story house they built themselves — 
it's as big as the one they sold' They 
had hoped to see Dotlie Price Roberts 
on their way to Florida but couldn't 
because Dottie's husband was in 
hospital, 

Mary Agnew Merrill and John spent 
several days with Turnie (Mary Turn- 
bull Barfield) last year after returning 
from a Caribbean cruise Mary sees 
Kate Shaffer Hardy fairly often. The 
Merrills have ten grandchildren 
Mary's mam interest is her garden 
and their labrador retrievers She 
hopes to make the 50th. 

Margaret Miller had a marvelous 
visit to Sweet Briar last October for 
the dedication of the Anne Gary Pan- 
nell Center, The Millers stay very 
busy and are well and happy. Their 
first grandson graduated from high 
school last week 



1941 



President 

Anita Loving Lewis (Mrs William F ), 

217 Lake Meade Drive, East Berlin, 

PA 17316 

Secretary 

Laetitia Seibels Frothingham (Mrs 

John L ), 32 Country Club Rd , New 

Canaan, CT 06840 

Fund Agent 

Margaret Craighill Price (Mrs Karl 

R ), 3121 45th St , NW, Washington, 

DC 20016 

(The above were the class officers up 

to Reunion '86) 

By the time you read this, our 
glorious 45th will have come and 
gone, but here are items you may 
have missed Martha Jean Brooks 
Miller recently lost her husband Tom- 
my, and as he was almost a grad of 
Sweet Briar, the whole class sorrows 
with her. She is staying busy with 
real estate and golf tournaments 
Chee-Chee Brown-Serman Hayes and 
her husband live in St, Michaels 
Eastern Shore Md. surrounded by 
swans and geese but now have a con- 
do in Alexandria too Wilma Cavett 
Bird teaches English and Latin in 
Oklahoma City Margaret Craighill 
Price and Karl had an interesting visit 
with his brother, a professor at Ox- 
ford Craigy" and Betty Doucett Neill 
and Anita Loving Lewis are doing a 
superb |0b on our 45th, Ellie Damgard 
Firth and Malcolm, having bought a 
condo in Homestead, Va , are enioying 
furnishing it Judy Davidson Walker 
and her husband are missing reunion 
due to a trip to Scotland and England, 
but Judy IS going "great guns" on 
our scrapbook. Joan Oevore Roth saw 
Halley"s Comet on their Carribean 
cruise after seeing The British 
Treasure Houses in Washington, D C 
"Doucit"" and family had a husband 
and wife reunion at Decca Gilmer 
Frackelton and Bob's anniversary — 
many BriaritesI Doucil and Jack had 
an exciting afternoon at Pinehurst, I^C 
in April, watching the eight SB riders 
walk away with most of the honors in 
the National Intercollegiate Riding 
Championships Said Doucit, "You 
won't believe the people I met Claire 
Parker who taught riding at SBC and 
her daughter, Kim Parker, class of 
'84, who works with the NBA in 
Washington; Liz Stevenson Tate, class 
of '30 who lives in Wilmington, NC; 
Liz introduced me to a gal who turned 
out to be Charlotte Sprunt Murchison, 
class of '46 who said, "you must 
know our daughter in Wilmington, 
Mary Murchison Gornto, class of '69' 
— and so it went It was like old 
home week, and fun " P. Oowling 
von Wellsheim is doing well with her 
heart problem I regret to tell you of 
Louise Kirk Edwards' death in March. 
She will be missed by many Marie 
Galtney Barry and Ted went to a 
beautiful memorial service in New 
York City given for Louise by her QE2 

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friends with whom she traveled Betty 
Fawcett Collier had a stroke trom 
which she is recovering nicely Lillian 
Fowlkes Taylor and Tyler are ex- 
hausted from their many Senior Golf 
tournaments but are planning to stop 
by Charlotte N C to see Martha Jean 
Brooks Miller, then on to Richmond. 
Va. to |Oin us lor a day with Lossie 
Taylor Noell before reunion Marie 
Gaftney Barry is expecting Pat Potter 
Duncan in New Canaan, Conn on 
their way to Tides Inn Va, then onto 
the reunion Helen Gwinn Wallace and 
John wintered in Punta Gorda. FL 
where they met Lacy Parten Miller, 
Pat Sorenson Ackard, Edge Car- 
damone O'Donnell, Helen Ann Littleton 
Wtiite, Eunice Foss Sneed and Helen 
Watson Hill. Helen Hamilton Bixby 
travels as an officer of the Garden 
Club of America and winters in Fla. 
She met Ann Teall Carrlngton and 
Dicky in Switzerland and Italy Ruth 
Hemphill Debuys loved attending 
Alumnae Council at Sweet Briar last 
fall. Nolle Hudgens Lewis is traveling- 
attending childrens weddings and 
births of grandchildren but hopes that 
their "Snowbird" friends will stop by 
Mt. Dora, Fla when they pass 
through Joanne Lilly Abbott writes of 
seeing Eunice Foss Sneed at their 
Denver Sweet Briar meeting Joannie 
is a docent at the Colorado Historic 
Society and also works at a pre-school 
for the blind Anita Loving Lewis and 
Bill travel widely to raise money for 
their son's Memorial Fund at the Hill 
School plus being active on the Alum- 
nae Board with our reunion Gertrude 
Marlll Stanchfleld loves Washington. 
DC — IS working as a clinical 
psychologist in an alcoholic clinic 

Piney Martin Patterson golfed with 
Butch Gurney Betz at the Mountain 
Lake Club in Fla , and with Lillian 
Fowlkes Taylor and Tyler, and Ellie 
Damgard Firth and Swede in Stuart, 
Fla. 

Lin Boyle Richardson had a lovely 
scenic trip through Switzerland, Betty 
Blount Kempson is expecting her 11th 
grandchild only to be surpassed by 
Jane Clark Hartrlch's 18th! Adele Diaz 



Eads is a Conn state senator and 
chairman of the Education Committee 
and also chairman of the Kent Board 
of Education 

Cynthia Falkner Day and husband 
are moving to warmer climes in 
England 

Jean Nehring BIchsel works as a 
secretary to a vice pres of a handtool 
manufacturing co, in Rochester. N.Y 
Her husband founded the Dept of 
Church Music at Eastman School 
Olivia Rhodes Woodin is working on a 
"can can" lor our reunion 

Jean Ruggles Hall is still wintering 
in Naples Fla Betsy Tower Bennett 
writes of their sons who are outstand- 
ing in religious education, Frances 
Watklns Centllli is still "piddling with 
her ceramics shop in Texas and strug- 
gling with a new computer," 

In Punta Gorda, Fla Helen Watson 
Hill sees many Briantes Helen 
couldn't come to reunion because they 
had planned a trip to Scandinavia at 
that time Wllma Zeisler Lee teaches 
Latin at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma 
City 

There has been declared in Tex- 
arkana. Texas a "Margaret Dickey 
Day " in honor of Margaret Stuart 
Wilson Dickey's work at the Battered 
Women's Shelter, the YWCA, the 
Garden Club, the Chamber of Com- 
merce, Boy Scouts, and Asian 
Refugee Center, She is the only 
woman ever to serve on the Texarkana 
Board of Directors What an outstand- 
ing alumna! 

This will be my last newsletter, I've 
loved hearing from all of you 



1945 



President 

Anne Dickson Jordan (Mrs Goodwin 

S,), 1108 Bruton Lane, Virginia 

Beach. VA 23451 

Secretary 

Helen Davis Wohlers (Mrs Herbert 

C), 27 Cardinal Drive, Brevard, NC 

28712 



Fund Agent 

Anna Chidester Heywood (Mrs 

William H,, Jr,). 4369 Indian Road, 
Toledo, OH 43615 

Thanks to you all for your news 
Reunion last year was marvelous We 
are still a good-looking class 

Anne Mary (Chlckle) Chidester 
Heywood and Bill were here in 
Brevard in April for a lew hours. They 
are enjoying retirement and travelling 
in their mini-van 

Lyn Dillard Grones is having a re- 
union of her own this summer in the 
Cotswolds. England Joining her there 
in her rented house will be Perk 
Traugott Brown, Leila Barnes 
Cheatham and Jake. Lyn's daughters, 
Kathle (79) and Keedle ('76) and 
Sarah Longslreth (77) 

Anne Dickson Jordan took a Sweet 
Briar Alumna trip to Paris last year, 
her first trip back since living there in 
1945-'47 Daughter. Mittie ('74). 
recently added another girl to the 
family and a fourth grandchild for 
Dickie 

Sarah Temple Moore, most 
gorgeous al reunion, keeps busy 
visiting her five sons and running two 
art galleries Hilda Hude Chapin and 
Ed were in Australia-New Zealand this 
spring and then to Africa, 

Mary Haskins King was with Jodie 
Morgan Hartman in Charleston in April 
and saw Adie Jones Voorhees ('46) 
who was looking forward to her 40th 
reunion. Mary also saw Joan Stover 
Kemper in Pasadena, CA in December, 
and she and Betty Avery Dull visited 
Tutti Hall Peckham in Asheville, NC 

One of the many enjoying grand- 
children is Jane McJunkin Nelson. 
Needless to say. so is Hedy Edwards 
Davenport who wrote a quick note on 
her way to hearing Pavarotti at the 
Met, 

Lovah Wilcox Gearhert and her 
family have been busy building a 
retirement house in Centreville. MD 
Lovah ran into Tutti Hall Peckham al 
the National Gallery in Washington 
She also saw Steve Nicholson Mcll- 
valne who was sailing the Inland 



waterway Steve and Bob will be in 
London for the month of June as well 
as France and Ireland, Their son is 
graduating from U Va, in East Asian 
Studies and spent six months in 
China, while Iheir daughter, also in 
college, had a six-month biology trip 
to Kenya. 

Betty Healy Cutler also had a visit 
with Steve as well as a good golfing 
vacation on the French Riviera before 
undergoing surgery No golf for a 
while but she is slowly improving 

Cappy Price Bass is happily 
ensconced in a new home m Delray. 
FL where she has seen Kathryn Agee 
Atkins (Kagee) and Norma Bradley Ar- 
nold ('44) as well as Steve NIcolson 
Mcllvaine 

Peggy Jones Wyllie has been in 
England and Capetown Tavish. her 
four-legged companion at reunion, was 
again a father 

Anne Carter Walker Somervllle has 
a son on the staff of nearby Warren 
Wilson College and we hope to get 
together on one of her visits there 

Dale Bogert Baldwin is looking for- 
ward to the Sweet Briar Alumna 
Danube and Istanbul trip in June, and 
Spain tor the month of September 

Ann McLeen Loomis (Slug) writes 
of cancelling a trip to Europe because 
of fear ot terrorist attacks She was 
going to take her two granddaughters 
and now wonders if she'll be too old 
to travel when things settle down 

Carol Cox MacKinnon has moved to 
a condominium in Alexandria. VA and 
retires in June from St Agnes School 
where she has been teaching 
kindergarten and has been Alumnae 
Director for twenty one years 

Marty Holton Glesser has been back 
and forth to Florida this winter on 
business and hopes to get away to the 
Caribbean for a few weeks. She en- 
joyed reunion too! 

Joyce LIvermore Foust also took a 
Sweet Briar Alumna trip. This was on 
the Delta Queen, beautifully planned 
and she enjoyed exchanging SBC 
memories She had dinner with 
Edie Page Breakell in Roanoke, her 
freshman roommate whom she hadn't 



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seen for thirty years. Edie Page 
Breakell stayed with her sister. Betty 
Byron Gill Ware ('55) in Richmond 
recently and had a visit with Frances 
Bickers Pinnell. Frances is manager 
and buyer for the Children's Shop at 
the Virginia Museum. 

Catherine Waddell Spencer is an 
organist and harpsichordist in Rich- 
mond, VA. Her husband is a physi- 
cian and professor at the Medical Col- 
lege of VA. One daughter is a 
veterinarian and another is an Animal 
Behaviorist working on a Psychology 
degree at UNCG. They have one 
grandchild. 

Julie Mills Jacobsen still commutes 
to SBC for the 18th year. But this 
summer she will be campaigning for 
reelection to Bethany Beach, Delaware 
Board of Commissioners. After reunion 
the Jacobsens' boat burned to a 
cinder but no one was hurt. 

Jean Portmann Allen has moved to 
a condominium in Washington, DC 
awaiting her husband's retirement. 
They also bought a condo-cottage in 
Dennis, Cape Cod where they expect 
to spend five months of each year. 
She is president of her Garden Club 
and on the Board of Directors of the 
Aged Woman's Home of Georgetown. 
She keeps up with her social work 
training in a small way there. 

Mary Kathryn Frye Hemphill is 
thrilled with her first grandchild. She 
has been elected to the Board of the 
Frye Regional Medical Center in 
Hickory, NC, is active in the Catawba 
County Council for the Arts and enjoys 
singing with the Hickory Choral Socie- 
ty. She talked to Lib Hicks Pollack 
when in Washington, DC. Lib is also 
active in volunteer work with her 
church and Hospice. 

Audrey Teal Belts divides her time 
betwen f\lorth Carolina and the west 
coat with trips to Kentucky and Sweet 
Briar in between Betty Zulick Renter 
had another reunion last fall with Bid- 
dy Gaylor Thompson and Alice 
Gearhart Stinson on Long Island. 
Shades of Aints and Asses! A golfing 
friend of Zu's has moved to Brevard 
and we hope to see her here for a 
visit soon. 

Alice and Bill have retired to 
Whispering Pines, NC, where Alice 
has been honored for her volunteer 
work with the arts council. 

Wyline Chapman Sayler and Henry 
just had their 8th grandchild; now 
each of their four boys has a child. 
Wyline is a consultant for Carlisle Col- 
lection clothes and two of her 
daughters-in-law are partners in the 
business wtih her. The three of them 
were planning to attend a business 
meeting in NYC in June. 

It was fun hearing news from all of 
you. Herb and I will go to China and 
Tibet on Sweet Briar Alumna trip in 
the fall. Come to see us in western 
NC and keep the news coming. 
(Ed's note: The Alumnae Office has 
just heard the sad news that Helen 's 
husband, Herb Wohlers. died sudden- 
ly in his sleep in early August.) 

Alumnae Magazine 



1949 



President 

Fritzie Buncombe Millard (Mrs Grant 

A.), 134 Green Bay Road, Apt. 301, 

Winnetka, IL 60093 

Secretary 

Alice Trout Hagan (Mrs. Hugh J., 

Jr.), 3555 Penarth Road SW, 

Roanoke, VA 24014 

Fund Agent 

Marie Musgrove McCrone (Mrs 

Richard T.), 10851 Ramshorn Road, 

Midlothian, VA 23113 

Dear Alice — Oh, to be witty And 
possibly smart And send in a note 
That was state of the art. If my hair 
were dark-brown And my figure, still 
roll-a-roid I'd pluck up my nerve And 
send you a Polaroid. Or, if you would 
swear Not to check for errata I could 
just guarantee Some delectable data. 
But here is one fact — and I say 
what I mean. Life's more interesting 
now, than it was at eighteen 
Sally Melcher Jarvis 

That, followed soon afterwards, by 
this — from Sneek, Holland — 
signed Beth Gorter-Jansma. 

Sally Melcher Jarvis and I ex- 
changed kids when they were in high- 
school. Mine just loved the U.S. This 
year it's 40 years since I returned to 
Holland from SBC. worked, got mar- 
ried (30 years ago) to neurologist. 
Raised daughter (28) who has degrees 
in Arabic and business administration, 
married, living in London. Son (27) 
has degree in law. now serving in 
Royal Navy as 3nd Lieutenant (military 
service camp in Netherlands). I keep 
busy giving lectures on various topics 
in history and/or history of art. I also 
paint, with hope and joy. Husband 
has lectures on research. We have 
just returned from Santiago. Chile; 
topic of research: Strokes and ways to 
make fast recovery. We'd love to 
come to the states, but value of dollar 
was too high up until now. And when 
we were young we had to keep work- 
ing. Our whole family loves sailing on 
North Sea to England, France. Den- 
mark and Sweden in 34-foot boat. 
Best wishes to Class of '49! I still 
love you all. It was one of the best 
years of my life, back in '45-'46. 

Jacquelln Jacobs Butlram's 
daughter. Jacquelyn. was married in 
December to Barry Wright III at the 
family home in Roswell. GA. Im- 
mediately after the wedding the home 
was sold and Jacquelin's parents 
moved to a retirement home in Chat- 
tanooga, where Jacquelln herself has 
bought a condo only 50 yards from 
the Tennessee River. The highlight of 
Jackie's summer was the mini-reunion 
with Grammar hallmates Jaclyn Tap- 
pen Kern (at whose beautiful home on 
Long Island the gathering was held). 
Pattie Levi Barnett, Betty Wellford 
Bennett, Nancy Lake, Mimi Powell 
Leonard and Jean Taylor. Also in 
Chattanooga are Zo Garrison Ware and 
Jim, who is head of the maths, dept. 



at U.TN, Their only child. Amy. is 
married to the Director of Evangelism 
for the Southern Baptist Foreign Mis- 
sion in Brazil and they are living in 
Teresina. Brazil, where the Wares 
have visited them four times in the 
last two years. Zo bets she's the only 
49'er who gave her child an electric 
milk pasteurizer for Christmas. 

Alice Dulaney Sheridan's fall trip (in 
real estate, that's the best time to be 
gone from Florida) in '85 was to the 
Scandinavian countries and Russia. 
"How much sympathy I now feel for 
the Russian people who see all that 
wealth in the neighboring countries to 
the west, when they have so little. 
But their hearts are big." 

Sweden is decorating Bunny Barnett 
Brown's husband. Walter in May for 
his contributions to Swedish-American 
relations, a recognition second only to 
his being made an SBC Overseer for 
his contribution of editor Bunny for 
the last five years. The Browns have 
been sliding around between Madison. 
N.J., Bayhead. N.J. and John's 
Island. Fla. — with a spring trip to 
Scotland thrown in. Last summer. 
Bunny and 2 visiting English girls had 
a delightful 24-hour visit with Bertie 
Pew Baker's family in Nova Scotia. 
Bunny and Walter plan to spend the 
4th of July on a boat in New York 
Harbor, celebrating the two girls' 
birthdays — Bunny's and the high- 
handed torchbearer's. (Ed's note: 
Comments received in the Alumnae Of- 
fice from Bunny: ' 'Our class secretary 
could compose a whole column for the 
magazine — a la Tennessee Williams 
— about her own social life, ranging 
from chickens in Roanoke to Episcopal 
bishops in Washington. D.C., to deca- 
dent Yankee relatives and exclusive 
Southern dynasties in Charleston. 
SC") 

The Nature Conservancy reports 
that Dorothy Bottom Duffy has been 
elected a trustee of its Va. Chapter. 
Dot is currently working on her 
graduate degree in English history 
from Columbia University. Liz Hancock 
Frilzsche writes that she "is now 
plugging along, creaming away her 
wrinkles in Chicago, but. come fall. I 
will be cramming away at a CIPA 
review class, propping for the exam in 
Nov Mary Fran Brown Ballard is 
practicing law part time (almost full) 
in Wayne. PA. Daughter. Annie, is 
teaching at the Brown School for 
emotionally-disturbed children in 
Austin TX; son, Charles, is assistant 
Prof, in Economics at Michigan State. 
Mary Fran and Don went out to 
Michigan last fall to help her mother. 
Marie Brede Brown Zimmerman, 
'24. celebrate her 85th birthday. 
While there, the Ballards drove over to 
Holland Ml for a visit with Marilyn 
Hopkins Bamborough who wrote 
me that she and Jim have both 
retired and are moving in May to a 
resort area on Lake Michigan, near 
Holland. 

And. from Winnetka. III. come 
reports from our two class-mates 



there Joan McCarthy Whiteman and 

Wes are off to the capitals of Northern 
Europe, while still savoring last fall's 
trip to China. Hong-Kong, and Japan, 
and keeping busy at home with enjoy- 
ing grandchildren, playing golf, ten- 
nis, and duplicate bridge — doing 
some volunteer work and serving on 
some charitable boards. Fritzie Dun- 
combe Millard continues to cheer us 
along with "Guess What' Only three 
more years until we reunite!" 

Anne-Barrett Holmes Bryan and Bob 
spent a lovely week, steamboating up 
the Mississippi on the SBC Alumnae 
"Delta Queen" trip in March. Your 
secretary was there too, at the same 
table with the Bryans' and Marilyn 
Fisher Hanford '50, and John next to 
Martha Frye Nye '48 and Bill. It was 
lots of fun! The Bryan's son. Jeff, 
lives in D.C., and is director of staff- 
ing and training for Guest Services, 
Inc. — a catering-type company that 
services many of the government's 
dining rooms and facilities. He has 
been head swim-team coach lor 
Georgetown Univ. for five years and is 
the father of 4-year-old, Samantha. 
Their daughter. Leslie is professor of 
Dance at the Univ. of Honduras. Ann 
does decent work at the zoo. where 
she gives tours, does live animal 
demonstrations at schools, and. 
recently had a display of her animal 
photography; all this while serving as 
vice-president of the N.J. Zoological 
Society, and editor of the newsletter. 
This was the 5th SBC Alumnae trip 
the Bryans have taken, having had 
Lindsay Coon Robinson with them on 
an Italian jaunt. 

Kitty Hart Belew wrote of attending 
a really delightful "welcome aboard" 
party given in Charlottesville for our 
other Anne Bryan — Anne Fiery Bryan 
— and Dick who have bought a home 
in Charlottesville, VA.. where they will 
move in May. The party was full of 
SB people. Kitty's son. Chip, was, at 
the time of writing, in the hospital for 
a lower back disc problem, received 
while working in the snow at Tahoe 
City. CA. He will have a six week 
convalescence with "dear old mom." 
She enclosed a newspaper clipping of 
the wedding of Brantley Lamberd Boil- 
ing's daughter in Richmond. 

The Richmond social scene also in- 
cluded a luncheon given by Caroline 
Casey McGehee for SBC '49er's — 
Kitty, Marie Musgrove McCrone, Ann 
Doar Jones, Betty Wellford Bennett, 
Margaret Towers Talman, and missing 
Libby Trueheart Harris, who was out 
of town. The McGehees' have a se- 
cond grandson, whose picture was 
featured at the luncheon. They were 
anticipating a trip to Europe and Scan- 
dinavia in late spring. Caroline urged 
our support of the SBC Friends of the 
Library. Marie wrote "that the party 
was a lovely, noisy time and 
Caroline's casserole (newspaper recipe 
never tried before) was delicious, as 
was all the food." She urged 
everyone to send something to the 
Alumnae Fund, as percentage of giv- 

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ing is important Ann's big news is 
that "Frank took early retirement and 
we're moving to our renovated river 
home in Northumberland County, and 
daugtiter, Bev, and family are moving 
from Massachusetts to Maryland — 
putting the 2 grandchildren within car 
distance" Libby wrote that the Harris 
children continue to be on the move 
with Mary going to Baltimore for a 
3-year fellowship in gastro-enterology, 
young Hiter at the end of his first year 
at Harvard Business School, with a 
summer |ob in Charlotte. NC with First 
Union Corp . and Whiz's working hard 
in commercial banking in Richmond, 
where she has been made a vice- 
pres at the Bank of Va Margaret 
wrote that m Sept Ruthie Garrett 
Preucel and Polly Plummet IVIackle 
made their annual pilgrimage from 
Philadelphia to Sandbridge, on the 
Outer Banks Because Ruthie still 
knows how to talk, she told Carter 
Vari Deventer Slalery that the Talmans 
were going to Savannah in Oct . 
precipitating an overnight visit with 
the Slalerys at Hilton Head We also 
had the good furtune to attend a 
gathering at the home of Majorie 
Christian Schley '46. in Savannah 
Sweet Briar is a good network'" The 
Talmans are planning a 2-week trip to 
Greece m May Carter writes that they 
have a new grand-child m Memphis, 
so had a great time with Ellen Ramsay 
Clark and Ken Then on to Ft Worth 
to see son. Hugh, then a trip to 
Philadelphia to see Ruthie and Polly 
and swing by the British Treasure 
Houses in D C Where the time 
goes. I don't know, but I have 
stopped all volunteer work — 30 
years is enough and we do spend 
considerable time on Hilton Head" 
The Clarks |ust returned from their 
annual ski trip m Aspen with all four 
children and 2 new spouses. Children 
came from Dallas. New York. Winston- 
Salem and Charlottesville 

"Our youngest son. Andy was mar- 
ried on my birthday. " writes Sally 
Ayres Shroyer. "to a darling girl who 
IS a veterinarian in a local clinic. His 
dog introduced them' Son Lou's 
children, ages 2 and 5 continue to 
make being a grandmother such fun 

Peggy Quynn Maples says Sam 
retired from the school system, as of 
Jan. '86, volunteering m an elemen- 
tary school the same days I have my 
nursing school, and the rest of the 
time, we play" Their 2 sons and 
families live |ust an hour away Their 
daughter, Maggie, and husband, are 
at Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan, 
and Peggy and Sam plan to visit them 
in mid-summer 

In Baltimore. June Eager Finney 
and Bill are still trying to do 
something about liability reform, not 
only in the medical world, but also in 
the fields of day care centers, 
municipalities, mid-wives. engineers. 
etc Maryland has |ust passed a law 
putting a $350,000 cap on all per- 
sonal iniury awards for non-economic 
(pain and suffering) cases, and June 

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urges your support of this cause in 
your state She has enrolled in the 
Baltimore Pastoral Care Institute for a 
one-year program 

Peggy Cromwell Taliaferro and 
Austin "are spending about 75% of 
our time m our new-old (100 yrs. old) 
house in Queenstown on the Eastern 
Shore of Maryland One of our sons 
married last June, and another will 
be. this June Judy Baldwin Waxter 
and I still play tennis (singles') once a 
week in Baltimore "" Judy writes that 
she and Bill "hiked Britain's 
Cotswolds for 100 miles, taking 10 
days and spending nights at bed-and- 
breakfasts which ranged from stables 
to local pubs to restored ancient 
homes and gardens, with appropriately 
colorful hosts " 

Kay Bryan Edwards has been 
elected chairwoman of the Board of 
Trustees of Sacred Heart College She 
has also had an unpaid full-time job 
this year as Pres of the Greensboro 
Opera Company, to say nothing of be- 
ing "CO " of her tribe, Bryan, com- 
muting between Charlotte and 
Durham: Kathleen, transferred back 
from London by TIME. Inc . living on 
the "yuppie" west side of NYC. while 
sister. Laura, is m Greenwich Village: 
Piney. celebrating her law-school 
graduation with a six month trip 
through Asia: Melanie. producing third 
granddaughter last April: and Susan 
and husband m passage between 
Washington. DC and Winston-Salem 

Mary Virginia Grigsby Mallett and 
Gordon hope to visit their son. Bill, 
and family, again this year in Ger- 
many Frances Pope Evans wrote from 
Houston "Now that my daughter is 
married and living in Dallas. I am en- 
loying travelling — |ust back from 
New Zealand — unique in its beauty, 
diversity, friendliness, and difficult 
trout fishing (only big ones)," 

Anne Henderson Bannard is about 
to install another of her creations — a 
10 foot wall-hanging sculpture, speak- 
ing of enabling women and their 
strengths, in a national center for the 
YWCA. She and Yorke will move in 
May, to a townhouse near Tucson, 
with an incredible mountain view. 
Their #2 son (16 years old) is working 
for NBC, with his own weekly seg- 
ment on high school issues and #1 
son IS attending law school (Boston) 
— especially interested, as a musician 
(as IS his wife) m Law and the Arts, 

My formerly Charleston-based son 
IS moving to Indianapolis in July, to 
do a fellowship in hand surgery But I 
hope to continue going to Charleston 
from Litchfield Beach — to see Mary 
Louis Stevens Webb and Rutledge 
Stevie says that "as of now, both 
children are home with us Mary is an 
attorney at the Charlotte County Public 
Defender's office, and Rutledge. Jr is 
working at a video store 

Patsy Oavin Robinson saw Liz Fritz- 
sche in Chicago, when the Robinsons' 
daughter received her master's degree 
in public policy from the Univ. of 
Chicago, Patsy and Sandy now have a 



granddaughter, Rebecca, born June 
'85. giving them one of each gender 
They had a mim-reunion with Sue 
Corning Mana and Maria Tucker 
Bowerfind '47 in MA where all were 
gathered for the wedding of Posey 
Bryan (Anne and Dick s daughter) 

Katie Cox Reynolds s new business 
of importing furnishings from Latin 
America enables her to take trips with 
her partner, who is a decorator, and 
speaks fluent Spanish Their shop in 
West Hartford center is named Cat- 
mina, a combination of the partners' 
names 

Preston Hodges Hill s daughter, 
Margaret was married in Sept 
Another highlight has been watching 
grandchild, David. Gene Ill's child, 
grow Daughter. Gmny. has embarked 
on her doctorate m geology at the 
Univ, of Wyoming After 27 years with 
Ideal Cement. Gene is now working as 
a consultant in cement and concrete 
for the Openaka Corp The Hills en- 
loyed a 35th anniversary trip to 3 
Hawaiian islands, and Preston and 
Margaret had a superb mother- 
daughter week in Bermuda to 
celebrate Margaret's MBA completion. 

Larry Lawrence Simmons is 
delighted with her |ob as head of 
Trinity School in Midland, TX and 
Charles is teaching at the local col- 
lege Two of their children are now in 
Texas, only 5 to go 

Our '86 question for the '89 ques- 
tionnaire IS "Are any of your children 
"free spirits"' " If so, list area of 
endeavor. Only three years left for 
research on this — and "emptying 
garbage 

And — Sally — 
Don't fear for your wits, or your 
smarts, Your poem eclipsed all the 
arts. You provided my lead Which I 
really did need And. thanks, from our 
49 hearts — 



1953 



Mary Ann Mellen Root (Mrs John L ). 

11 Bachman Court. Greenville. SC 

29605 

Secretary 

June Arata Pickett (Mrs Robert W ). 

871 Tequesta Drive. Franklin Lakes, 

NJ 07417 

Fund Agent 

Edith Norman Wombwell (Mrs George 

Burkley). 2105 Starmont Road. 

Louisville. KY 40207 

What a fantastic response to my 
plea for news I looked forward to the 
mail each day and enjoyed reading all 
about you Now it is your turn 

From the south we hear from Anne 
Kirksey Ervin who feels blessed to 
have all her family close by Her hus- 
band. Tate. IS in real estate, her 
daughter. Dolly (named for Dolly 
Wallace Hartman) is an artist who 
hand-paints pottery and has two little 
girls. Son, Dan, is a CPA in Morgan- 



Ion and other son, David, is working 
as an assistant physical therapist 
while awaiting entrance to physical 
therapy school Her youngest. Amy. is 
at UN(iG majormg in therapeutic 
recreation All have recently dicovered 
the reality of Christ in the world and 
feel the difference He has made in 
their lives 

Gloria Rawls Askew and Hank went 
out to the northwest and then on an 
Alaskan cruise a year ago to escape 
the New Orleans heat Their oldest 
daughter. Allyson. is now in her 
fourth year of a general surgery 
residence at N Y, Hospital, Cornell 
Medical Center Next June, she will 
go on to do a fellowship in pediatric 
surgery in Oklahoma City Their other 
daughter is in Houston teaching 
special ed Gloria keeps busy 
volunteering at Tulane Univ, Hosp, 
and IS on the Board of that Auxiliary. 

Jane Yoe Duggan and John travel, 
play tennis, fish. hunt, and raise veg- 
gies in their backyard Her daughter. 
Wendi Wood Thomas 81 and resident 
husband. Neal. live in Jacksonville 
where she works for Delta Airlines 
and her other daughter. Randi Wood 
completed a paralegal course and is 
working m Atlanta 

Dolly Wallace Hartman continues to 
practice portrait painting while Jack 
practices medicine. Their son. John, 
graduated from Davidson in 1982 and 
IS working in house construction m 
Winston-Salem Elisabeth graduated 
magna cum laude from Princeton last 
year and is now working for Japan 
Times in Tokyo. Bill is a freshman at 
Davidson and Mary is in ninth grade. 

Edie Norman Wombwell writes that 
our class is doing a little better 
donation-wise this year. We passed 
one of the eighteen classes that is 
always ahead of us. however, we 
need to keep plugging towards the 
biggy m 1988. Edie's oldest son. 
David, was married last summer and 
is a banker living in Louisville Van 
graduates from Colorado College this 
year and Andy is a freshman at North- 
western. Van went to Africa a year 
ago on a geological grant Edie and 
George ran into Ann Collins Teachout 
'54 and her husband in Boston last 
fall while attending George's Harvard 
Business School reunion 

Jane Dawson Mudwilder traveled to 
England last fall and had a wonderful 
time. Her daughter. Tarne. was mar- 
ried in January and her son. David, 
will graduate from college in June 
Her other two sons are in business 
together. She saw Mary Kimball Grier 
during the summer of '85 and it was 
like old times Mary's oldest son is 
working in NYC and her daughter in 
Boston. Her youngest son just 
graduated from college so Mary and 
her husband have more time to travel 
to Prague. Budapest. Vienna and Lon- 
don At home she works with literacy 
volunteers both teaching students to 
read and tutors to teach 

For all you soap fans. Eleanor 
Johnson Ashby's son. Linden plays 

Sweet Briar College 



Curtis Alden in "Loving" and his 
wite, Susan, plays Lorna Her two 
daughters are married, one living at 
Tatt where her husband teaches 
English and the other planning to 
make Eleanor a grandmother this fall 
The Ashbys have already been to 
England this year and plan a month 
this summer in France and Spam 
Virginia Dunlap Shelton spent August 
1985 in China and this year went to 
Mexico and England Two of her sons 
are out of college and the youngest is 
a senior at UMC 

Now that Isabel Grayson Parish and 
Hav have retired from urology and 
have moved to a country French 
house outside Chapel Hill, they have 
time to travel — New Zealand and 
Australia last spring — and play lots 
of tennis and golf Isabel's sons are 
all in Virginia, lour married with three 
daughters, and the last just graduated 
from Univ of Ga 

It was good to hear from Eleanor 
Hirsch Baer whose son, Ben III, was 
married July 85 She and Ben tra- 
veled to China and then on to Japan 
to attend a traditional Japanese wed- 
ding They have broken ground on 
their almosf-dream-house but did take 
time off to visit France and to 
celebrate Bens birthday aboard the 
Sea Goddess Eleanor stays busy sew- 
ing, boning up on her French and 
making tiles for their entry floor 

Kirk Tucker Clarkson and Jack 
went to London and Pans While in 
Pans, Kirk saw her French family and 
looked up old haunts from her junior 
year in France They will be in the tall 
ships parade on a 60' Chinese |unk 
for the unveiling of the Statue of 
Liberty They have a year old grand- 
daughter compliments of their 
daughter, Polly Kirk en|oys seeing 
Katly Turner IVIears at functions of the 
Garden Club of Virginia of which Katty 
IS president while Kirk is on the 
board Katty is also president of the 
Association for the Preservation of Va 
Antiquities Her youngest just 
graduated from UVA 

Janie Pieper Meredith is recovering 
from her move down the street and 
around the corner in order to gain a 
larger kitchen that she has always 
wanted Thirty-four years plus 3 cats 
and 3 dogs made this move never to 
be repeated Her big news is the birth 
of their grandson W M.M. ML His 
parents are son, Massie and his wife 
who live a lew blocks away Her other 
son, Chris, and his wife live in Savan- 
nah where he is a stockbroker like his 
brother Her daughter, Clair, is in real 
estate in Florida when not pursuing 
skydiving and her youngest daughter. 
Molly, IS working in Richmond after 
graduating from Hollins Bill continues 
his cattle farming operation at a 
distance from home but manages time 
for hunting when possible They 
visited Europe for three weeks and 
Calif for one week Janie also men- 
tioned the lovely wedding of Anne 
Elliot Caskie and Challen's daughter, 
Trudy, in Richmond in March. Anne 

Alumnae Magazine 



and Challen are presently living in 
New Orleans but will return to Rich- 
mond when Challen retires the end of 
the year Kitty Guerrant Fields and 
Lou and Nan Locke Rosa and Frank 
were on hand for the festivities Nan 
and Frank enjoyed a mini reunion with 
Nan O'Keeffe and Anne and Challen in 
New Orleans in July 85 Nan is still a 
travel agent and on the side is 
remodeling their house 

Another lovely wedding was that of 
Katzy Bally Nager and C J s son, 
Bailey, to Elizabeth Carr in Raleigh, 
Aug '85, Both Elizabeth and Baily are 
in law school at UCLA and Katzy and 
C,J, are delighted to have them close 
by Those of us at the wedding were 
MA. Mellen Root and John. Kitty 
Guerrant Fields and Lou, Jane Perry 
Liles and George. Joan Brophy Tyree 
and Tom. Maggie Graves McClung 
and David, and Bob and I MA, is 
still very involved with the Greenville 
Humane Society and also works at 
Briar Patch Design which is owned by 
two SBC gals M A s daughter. Fran- 
cie. IS working in NYC and her son. 
Randy, is married and living in 
Houston Her other son. David, is a 
lifeguard at Hilton Head, M.A and her 
mother spent last Jan on So, Padre 
Is . Tx Kitty and Lou love their life in 
Alexandria and have more friends 
dropping in on them now that they are 
centrally located Lou is off on many 
speaking engaements and Kitty is 
busy entertaining out-of-town friends 
who are happy The Fields are back to 
stay Jane and George travel between 
Concord and the beach which they 
love They are raising 2 puppies from 
a litter of 10 they had last Xmas-Jane 
said best they can do since no grand- 
children yet Their son. Jock, is 
building custom houses and daughter. 
Perry, is working for a travel agency. 
Joan and Tom are preparing to move 
from their home in Albany to NYC, 
Johnny is at West Point and went to 
London with the squash team and 
David IS at Trinity Pawling and went to 
Fla with the tennis team Katzy and 
C.J spent two weeks in Spam to 
celebrate their 30th. Lots of sightsee- 
ing but time to en|oy the Costa del Sol 
and |ust relax Their son, George, is 
at college in Santa Barbara and their 
youngest. Dwight. is at Yale 

Nan O'Keeffe is busy with her |ob 
at the Texas Medical Center but finds 
enough time to get involved in 
Republican politics She was running 
for Republican Precinct Chairman, 

Another who en|oys the political 
scene is Liz Ray Hessler who works 
for her congressman three days a 
week in Charlotte The last of her tour 
sons IS a senior at Duke Liz and Orm 
had been cross-country skiing in New 
Hampshire, a sport she had to learn 
being married to a "Yankee" 

Ann Leonard Hodges writes from 
Texas that the year has been filled 
with travel Skiing in Colorado then to 
Switzerland and France and trips to 
Alaska for fishing and Denmark for 
pheasant shooting. 



Shirley Rankin Dumesnil's dream of 
having your children all employed has 
become a reality Her daughter is 
married, living in Hoboken and nurs- 
ing in Brooklyn Son. Harry, is an ar- 
chitect in Phila, and other son. 
Ranklin. is helping on a thoroughbred 
farm in Goshen. Ky 

A newcomer to the South is Joan 
Arey Harrison who moved from Win- 
netka. Ill to Greenville. S C last Dec 
Her daughter. Stephanie, is in the in- 
ferior design business in Corpus 
Christi and her other daughter. Tracy, 
just graduated from the Univ of 
Arizona 

What fun to hear from Janet Martin 
Birney after all these years Janet 
transferred from SBC our |unior year 
but has remained active in alumnae 
groups With three grown children liv- 
ing away from home, she and her 
husband have bought a book store 
which has proved to be a challenging, 
exciting and rewarding adventure 

Another transferee is Joan MacCoy 
Woolley Dean who writes that she 
hardly remembers a soul from UNC 
where she graduated but fondly 
remembers our class Her oldest 
daughter, Jacqui Woolley, is working 
toward her doctorate in psychology at 
the Univ of Mich , Lisa Woolley is 
working and attending night school in 
business, and Suzi Woolley graduated 
from Dickinson and is in corporate 
communications Joan continues 
toward her goal of hiking the entire 
Appalachian Trail-only Virginia left to 
do She also writes nature stories and 
poetry and has her own secretarial 
business She would like to know it 
there are any "P E 's" in our 
class 

Ann VIerebome Sorenson is doing 
everything she can to stop the nuclear 
arms race and would love to hear from 
others who are doing the same She 
had a marvelous sabbatical last year 
going to two archeology field schools 
and visiting many rums 

Mary Stagg Hamblett and Ken 
celebrated their 25th in Bermuda 
where they met Mary is a part-time 
secretary at the Simbury Dept of Con- 
tinuing Educ and Ken is still in the 
insurance business. Their oldest son, 
John, is a trader's assistant for First 
Boston in Phila . Marion is a senior at 
Trinity and coxswains the women's 
varsity crew, and Brooks is a soph in 
high school interested in sports 

Jackie Lowe Young's two sons live 
2 miles from each other in Decatur. 
Ga Her daughter. Cameron, was 
awaiting college acceptance notices 
but definitely wants to go south 
Jackie was chairman for PBS Ch 39's 
annual on-air auction a year ago and 
then recuperated by touring favorite 
spots along the east coast 

Betty Moore Baker is no longer 
teaching and wishes her three sons 
would marry so she could have little 
ones around They are all back within 
shouting distance — Rex III in Bucks 
Co. working as a graphic designer. 
Mike a right-a-way agent for Buckeye 



Pipeline Co, and Jim in the investment 
business with "Pops" Betty has 
loined a literary group within AAUW 
and throughly en|oys it. She has to 
add that she had been to Stowe. Vt 
and Bermuda and hoped that looked 
impressive 

Margaret Johannessen Molstad and 
Gil have traveled from Geneva to Olso 
where they have an apartment When 
not in Europe or in Chatham. N J . 
they spend their time at their home in 
Vt. Their oldest son is married, living 
nearby, and is an Asst VP at Com- 
mercial Trust of N J Their other son 
IS back from 5 months in Belgium and 
6 months in Norway He is now work- 
ing for his father (ship brokers) in 
NYC 

Europe has seen a great deal of 
Anne Joyce Wyman and Joseph during 
the past year They |ust returned from 
a spring vacation in Pans. Barcelona. 
Puerto de la Cruz and Tenerife in the 
Canary Is Their daughter. Anneke. 
was trying to decide whether to go to 
Yale or Stanford They are in the pro- 
cess of selling their apartment and 
moving back to where Anne's mother 
lived before her death Joseph is 
Director of Commodity Research for 
Shearson-Lehman and Anne keeps 
busy at home 

Lynn Kerwin Byron and Jamie 
recently had dinner with Kitty and Lou 
Fields at Ann King Dietrich and 
Beau's new home in Great Falls. Va 
Lynn has an internship at Shepard 
College completing an archeological 
sites survey in Shepherdstown and 
does volunteer work for the C&O 
Canal Library, local pony club and 
their historical society 

Sue Allison Bercaw and her family 
sailed through the British Virgin Is 
stopping by Puerto Rico to see old 
friends Her daughter. Nancy, has a 
fellowship at Univ of Penn, to study 
for her doctorate in history Her son. 
John, teaches at St, Albans In D C 
and her other son, Woodson, is a 
mathematician with an aerospace com- 
pany in Colo 

Sallie Gayle Beck visited us last 
summer while in NYC for a lewelry 
show. She does a lot of business 
traveling to the south and midwest in 
addition to twice a year to Providence 
and NYC She hopes to return to Mex- 
ico and the Maya archeological sites 
soon 

From the far west we heard from 
Kim Green Stone who still lives in Car- 
son City, NV and is very involved 
with Arabian horses They have a 
small herd and Kim has been men- 
tioned in several national Arab horse 
magazines for her part in a youth 
seminar in Reno. She also attended 
the International Arab Convention as a 
delegate for the third year She is on 
an ad hoc citizens committee to build 
an Equestrian Convention Center in 
Carson City and in her spare time she 
and John are managing the Class A 
spring Arab show in Reno Their 
daughter. Sara, is a sophomore at 
SBC and Kim. visiting her for parents' 

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weekend, found SBC still lovely but 
much changed since our days, 

Betty Boone Lewis wondered if 
anyone remembered her after all these 
years Of course we do and it was 
wonderful to hear from her Her hus- 
band, Hal, IS director for Computer 
Sciences Corp and they en|oy the 
aerospace, flight test, space shuttle 
community where they live which is 
near Edwards AFB north of LA They 
have SIX children and two grand- 
children. They recently purchased an 
English Tudor home on 2'/? acres — 
a true fixer-upper 

Ginger Timmons Ludwick and her 
mother spent five weeks seeing the 
world from Singapore to Suez on a 
small Greek chartered ship They used 
planes to cover the inland routes plus 
elephant, camel and foot power Her 
husband, Dave, met them in Piraeus 
Their son. Wick, graduated from 
American Univ last May, Ginger is 
still very involved in real estate and 
loving their Calif life 

Patti Tighe Walden now divorced, 
still loves teaching kindergarden. Her 
last child, Emily, starts Trenton State 
College this year. 

Our overseas classmate. Nancy 
Goldle McTaggail. gave up leaching 
and was pensioned for health reasons 
in 1983 Last year was her first full 
12 months without operations since 
1980, Her first grandson was born to 
her daughter. Kate, who was a St 
Andrews exchange student at SBC 
1977-78 She and Kate are working 
on her granddaughter. Isobel. so that 
they can become the first grandma- 
mother-daughier trio of foreign 
students at SBC Her younger 
daughter. Isobel. was married a year 
ago and both she and her husband 
work for a US company Nancy is 
planning on coming m '88, as I hope 
you are, for she said our 25th was 
such a super experience She sends 
good wishes to all plus her address as 
she would love to have us visit — 2 
Lightfoot Grove. Basingstoke. Hamp- 
shire RG21 3HU. England Telephone 
Basingstoke (0256) 21998 

Our year ended on a sad note with 
the death of my mother in December 
Our son, David, is a 2nd Lt, in the 
Marines and has been assigned to El 
Toro. Calif, Thank you for all your 
news — please keep in touch. 



1957 



President 

Diane Duflield Wood (Mrs Sanford), 

6, Bradford Lane, Oak Brook. IL 

60521 

Secretary 

IVIarjorie Whitson Aude (Mrs Fritz). 

3898 Route 96A. Geneva. NY 14456 

Fund Agent 

Carlotte Heuer de Serlo (Mrs Francis 

W ). 975 Lafayette Road. Bryn Mawr, 

PA 19010 

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Reunion is coming — are you' The 
dates are May 22-24. 1987. so clear 
your calendars, start your diets, and 
call your best friends to make sure 
you'll all be there together Several of 
us will begin planning this month, so 
any suggestions for activities or of- 
ficers, or what to include in the ques- 
tionnaire for the scrapbook, will be 
appreciated. Send to me or Duffy 

Some of you have moved and most 
of you have not Linda Falvey Rowland 
went from Washington. DC to Austin. 
TX Louisa IVIorton Ordahl moved from 
Annapolis to Portland, ME Does 
anyone have current addresses for 
IVIuriel Murphy Waterman. Carolyn 
Swift Fleming, or Virginia Weed 
Brown? 

You read something about Chips 
Chao Pal's trip to China m the spring 
issue, but they also had a private trip 
afterward to Kweilin, Hong Kong and 
Taiwan, It had been 35 years since 
either she or David had been in the 
country of their birth It was followed 
by a week in Florida with their sons, 
and almost immediately by symptoms 
which led to David having quintuple 
bypass surgery Chips used the re- 
mainder of her sabbatical to tend to 
him, postponing her plans to learn 
some computer programming skills. 
Now that he's recovering nicely, it's 
computer time 

Fran Childress Lee and Lewis still 
commute weekends to their Florida 
ranch from Jacksonville, They enioyed 
a Baltic cruise last summer and found 
Leningrad fascinating, then took 
children and new grandchild born May 
1. 1985 to Zermatt. Switzerland for 
two weeks at Christmas 

Jane Campbell Englert. Manorville. 
PA. has an "Apple " computer in her 
schoolroom which she en|oys and 
uses for reading remediation and the 
school newspaper as well She 
teaches seven different reading and 
English classes in grades 7-12 A 
three-week trip last year to the British 
Isles yielded slides for her English lit 
class, John took early retirement and 
is now writing a history of his home 
town. Ford City. PA. producing piles 
of papers, pictures, microfilm etc all 
over the house 

Diane Duffleld Wood has grey hairs 
popping out in Oak Brook, IL now that 
Kay. married in October 85. is expect- 
ing this October and Pam was expect- 
ing in May. Chip was to graduate 
from Hillsdale C in May — no more 
tuition, says Sandy Duffy says we 
should all "Think 30th in '87 " 

Dot Duncan Hodges. Charlotte. NC. 
asks what to do about our middles, 
our hair, our brains' Babs Falge 
Openshaw. Rockville. MD. has two 
sons who've bought houses nearby, a 
daughter who graduated from UVA in 
History of Architecture and is working 
nearby, and a son who pulled a six- 
month tour of duty in the Persian Gulf 
and does not recommend it as an A#l 
resort Jeanne Fenrick Bedell teaches 
at Virginia Commonwealth U in Rich- 
mond, VA, and is president-elect of 



the Popular Culture Assoc of the 
South, having served last year as pro- 
gram chair Becky is getting her Ph D 
from Yale in American art history, 
spending a year as a fellow at the 
Smithsonian Matthew is a real estate 
developer in Cambridge, and John is 
in graduate school at Indiana U.. stu- 
dying late medieval and early modern 
history 

We extend sincere sympathy to 
Nancy Fink Leeds who wrote in 
December that her husband Alan had 
passed away very unexpectedly last 
summer (85) Her children are no 
longer at home but were very helpful 
She's in NYC 

Jane Fitzgerald Treherne-Thomas s 
garden club in Sewickley. PA. was 
helping prepare for the annual meeting 
of the Garden Club of America in Pitts- 
burgh in May 86. So that her 50th 
wouldn't count, she and Jeremy 
celebrated it out of the country, in 
England, Scotland and Wales in sum- 
mer 1985 She was hoping for a 
repeat visit to Nantucket to see Stella 
(l/loore McClintock and Jock, whom 
they visited last summer 

Hope you noticed that Nancy God- 
win Baldwin is now back on the (part- 
time) |ob at SBC, as editor of this 
publication' Congratulations, Nancy' 
Spring was her first issue, and she 
said It was lots of fun We are invited 
to send ideas for articles or to submit 
articles ourselves, and to be here for 
reunion in '87 

Dagmar Halmagyi Yon is working 
for the San Diego DepI of Social Ser- 
vices managing about 150 families of 
welfare recipients, with hundreds of 
changing situations each month, and 
feels more useful than when she 
supervised 48 paper boys' She 
camps, travels, and does cultural 
things Joe and his wife were soon to 
return from a year in England and the 
continent: Steven is a graduate stu- 
dent in Planetary Science at Brown U 
and Laura married last summer and 
lives nearby 

Lee Haskell Vest is an hour from 
NYC in New Canaan, CT and was go- 
ing to Pans tor Easter for the dedica- 
tion of a statue at the American 
Cathedral done by her cousin Beverly 
Benson Seamans SBC '50 Graham is 
in grad school at Columbia Teachers 
Coll. Sallie graduated from Franklin 
and Marshall last May and is in grad 
school at Oregon State Lee and 
George visited and loved the 
Northwest 

Char Heuer DeSerio and Fran. Bryn 
Mawr. PA, went to Buenos Aires and 
Rio and saw Halley's Comet Small 
world dept Her son Bill was best man 
for Jane Pinckney Hannahan s nephew 
in Charleston in January, so they had 
a nice visit Saynor Johnson Ponder 
sends word from Macon. GA. that 
they are hallway through educating 
their children Bert graduated from 
W&L. and Eleanor from Hollins. and 
both are working in Atlanta Saynor 
and Bill are both still at home 

Elaine Kimball Carleton writes of the 



petro-chemical disaster area near 
Lakes Charles. LA where lines get 
longer and longer at their church s 
food center — 200 bags of groceries 
are distributed every week to anyone 
in line — no questions asked She 
still teaches a little Latin at the local 
U. and enioys volunteer work, 
especially with the Altar Guild and 
Symphony Board Husband Sam was 
to attend an NEH seminar in Rome 
this summer, with George (12) and 
Elizabeth (14) and Elaine loining him 
for a few weeks, and having a stop in 
London to see Clare Harrison 
Greenman. 

Ninie Laing s niece Noel Laing was 
a freshman at SBC last year and gave 
Ninie fresh insight into dorm life Noel 
plans to follow her father to veterinary 
school. Ninie's bed and breakfast 
business is an hour from Dulles, open 
weekends during the year and anytime 
during summer Her big frazzle is that 
her business and her SBC life are 
geographically separated, but she 
loves them both, and encourages 
visitors 

From Kilmarnock. VA. Peggy Liebert 
Dobbins writes that son Blair finished 
law school May '85 and will marry 
this November Her husband Gene 
commutes one week out of six to 
Philadelphia and Long Island for his 
own advertising business, and they 
both work with the youth in their local 
Baptist church 

The Alumnae Office sent a note last 
fall that Nannette McBurney Crowdus 
would be on a one year assignment m 
Washington. DC. commuting there 
every week from Chicago for the Na- 
tional Assoc of Realtors 

Marguerite McDaniel Wood sends 
word from Montgomery, AL that her 
daughter Marguertie (15) is now at 
St. Catherine's in Richmond, which 
allows good visits with Anne Gwinn 
Fox and Mary Ann Vandervoort Large, 
Beth IVIcMahon Tolbert and Jim think 
It important that their children go to 
school where their parents want to 
visit Accordingly, their youngest is m 
boarding school on Cape Cod; a 
daughter is at Duke U,: a son is at 
Stanford; and one married son is in 
Oklahoma City, OK, where they are 
They have lots of free time since her 
husband's decision to liquidate his 
business, with the kids all away Kim 
McMurtry Fowler writes from Austin 
TX (but not all that legibly). I think 
they go on world cruises from January 
to April, operate two riverboats May to 
October, breed golden retrievers, and 
she works as an investigator for a 
local law firm specializing in defense 
employment discrimination. 

At long last, Barbara Medert 
Sylvester writes to say they have been 
in Houston, TX 15 years. She and 
George had a cruise through the 
Panama Canal and live on a golf 
course He's with Merrill Lynch 
wrestling the bond market; Barbie has 
done massive volunteering with Jr 
League, PTA, "played tennis until 
crippled," and now substitute teaches 

Sweet Briar College 



at Jr High John (24) is a computer 
programmer with Crown Oil: Andy 
(19) IS a first-year student at Texas 
Tech in Lubbocl< and a varsity goiter: 
and Doug is a high school junior plan- 
ning to study engineering at U. Texas 

Suzy Neblett Stephens' daughter 
Nell, Mrs Richard May SBC 81, had 
baby Elynor Lee May on Sept, 30, 
1985- Joy Peebles Massie, Goochland, 
VA, had ]usl returned from England 
and Scotland where they visited their 
daughter, who is taking a break from 
UVA and spending a year at St. An- 
drews where one of her best friends 
is an exchange student from SBC Joy 
is halfway through a master's at U 
Richmond, and was looking forward to 
a first grandchild in June 

Jane Pinckney Hanahan has lived in 
her house in Charleston longer than 
she's lived anywhere in her life, and 
she en|oys the harbor view Her great 
interest now is preservation through 
the Historic Charleston Foundation and 
the Robert E, Lee Memorial Assoc, 
owner of Stratford Hall Plantation 
Carlisle clothes keep her busy part 
time. Bill was to graduate from UVA in 
June: Maria works in Washington DC: 
and Anne finished Charleston Day 
School (8th grade) in May 

Her new job as Director of Cor- 
porate Relations at the new National 
Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington. 
DC keeps Susan Ragland Lewis busy 
and traveling Her youngest is getting 
married and will live on Long Island, 
Jenny works for Izod Lacoste in NYC 
and lives in Darien CT: and Jim Jr. at 
Nat'l Bank of NC lives in Tampa. FL 
Jenny and Jim Jr are already 
married. 

Dee Robin had a wonderful sab- 
batical — loved Chicago and the 
Newberry Library — but it's back to 
work this fall at Uf\IM She's looking 
forward to seeing everyone at reunion 
Carolyn Scott Arnold loves living in 
Honolulu, where Mark was transferred 
by Gannett in April 85. She expected 
to see Virginia Marks Paget in May at 
her son Steve's graduation from 
Miami U. in Oxford, OH 

Chris Smith Lowry has retired to 
play a bit after 10 years of managing 
the Equestrian Center for Seabrook 
Island, the resort near Charleston, SC 
where she and Britt live. He continues 
to run the Episcopal Church's St 
Christopher Camp & Conference 
Center there Their daughter Tina was 
to be married June 1st. with some 
classmates coming to the wedding 
Chris left SBC after junior year and 
was expecting Tina when she came 
back for our graduation. Son Brink is 
home after 4 years of computer work 
in the army 

Mary Landon Smith Brugh works 
two days at the local weekly paper in 
Clifford, VA, and still does substitute 
teaching Carter lives In Richmond and 
works for Investors: Spencer lives in 
Norfolk and teaches 2nd grade at Va. 
Beach: Lynn IV was to graduate from 
UVA in May: Mason is a first year 
student at U Richmond; and Mary 

Alumnae Magazine 




Stuart IS a junior at Seven Hills School 
in Lynchburg 

Ehza Stevens writes: "I am certain 
I hold 2 class honors — the youngest 
grandmother (my grandson will be 6 
in June) and the most married — 
John Herbert Burton is my 4th hus- 
band I also have something to crow 
about Ross, my youngest, was ac- 
cepted by both U California at 
Berkeley and San Diego He has been 
quadriplegic since birth and is in a 
wheelchair I am proud of his ac- 
complishments I just moved to 
(Canoga Park) CA and I miss Denver 
dreadfully — especially the skiing" 

Word from Carol Turner Crosthwait 
in Waco, TX is that they have two in 
grad school and two weddings coming 
up. She lists her occupation as ex- 
teacher and volunteer. Carol was with 
us only our first year: it's nice to 
have her news. 

Mary Anne Van Dervoort Large, 
Richmond, VA, says Anne is a first 
year student at W&L Elizabeth (15) 
used her life savings to buy an organ 
and fills the house with lovely music, 
and Mary Catherine (13) is an en- 
thusiastic 8th grader and basketball 
player 

Cynnie Wilson Ottoway is in Grosse 
Point Farms, Ml and was co-chair of 
Jr League of Detroit Show House in 
May Her kids and step-kids keep her 
and John busy: Amy played varsity 
hockey and lacrosse at SBC in her 
first year here: Elizabeth SBC 82 was 
to be married June 21: John III was 
to marry Sept 13 in Philadelphia: 
Michael was to graduate from U 
Michigan in May; Andrew finished 
sophomore year at Miami of Ohio, 
Allison lives in Helena, Montana with 
husband Emerson Scott and two 
children, l\licole age 2 and Emerson IV 
born Oct. 28. 1985: Otto is a First Lt. 
in the Marines at Camp Pendleton, 
CA. 

Lee Willich Morrow, Dodgeville, Wl, 
planned to visit SBC in August and 



Class of 1961 



see Helene Perry and Betty Murden 
MIchelson, then see her mother in 
New Jersey, She and Paul expected to 
check out Frances May Burton's craft 
shop in a resort area of Wisconsin at 
the end of May Margery Johnson was 
elected chairman of the North Carolina 
Symphony Board of Trustees. A nice 
article about her volunteer work ap- 
peared in the Raleigh News and 
Observer 

Fritz and I expect a second grand- 
child in August Our oldest. Laurie, is 
studying for the ministry at McCor- 
mick Seminary in Chicago (which was 
something of a culture shock after 
leaving the mountains of North 
Carolina) Lois was elected to Phi Beta 
Kappa at U Rochester, NY as an op- 
tics major in her junior year, and has 
already been accepted tor graduate 
study Two other girls are married, 
and we have two boys in high school 
We continue our church activities and 
western square dancing. Hope to see 
many of you at reunion, and write my 
last column' 



1961 



President 

Celia Williams Dunn (Mrs J 

Laurence), 9. West Charlton Street, 

Savannah, GA 31401 

Secretaries 

Anne Worboys Buske (Mrs. Neil). 408 

Sedgwick Dr , Syracuse, NY 13203 

Janna Staley Fitzgerald (Mrs Robert 

E-, Jr.). 2018 Sharon Road. Charlotte, 

NC 28207 

Fund Agents 

Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss (Mrs 

William J , Jr.), 3812 Forest Glen 

Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213 

Judith Atkins Wall (Mrs E Craig, 

Jr ), PC. Box 830, Conway, SC 

29526 

(The above were the class officers up 



to Reunion '86) 

Jan and I have thoroughly enjoyed 
being class secretaries for the last six 
years. We have now turned the job 
over to Louise Cobb Boggs, selected 
at reunion. We hope she will have the 
same support and enthusiasm which 
we have received. 

Anne Semmes Stauropoulos still 
lives in Athens. Her older son is at 
the U. of Oregon and the younger at 
Embry-Riddle in Arizona- 
Sally Mathlasen Prince has opened 
her 8th shop. The Lemon Twist, in 
Richmond. Her daughter lives in 
Boston and one son is at Yale, while 
the other is at Landon School 

Mandy Moltz Funkhouser spent 15 
years working in the mental health 
and psychiatric rehabilitation field but 
is now working at home and enjoying 
being with her six-year-old daughter 
Mandy's husband. Rob. is an internist 
with the Rutgers Community Health 
Plan 

Alicia Laing Salisbury is serving a 
4-year term in the Kansas Senate 

Dale Cooper lines in W Bloomfield. 
Ml, a Detroit suburb and has worked 
for General Motors for 21 years. She 
is in charge of stockholder relations 

Holly ChaikowskI Davis still lives in 
Lebanon, Pa , where her husband 
Rick, is an attorney. Their older 
daughter, after graduating from 
Wellesley, is doing graduate work in 
philosophy at the University ot Toron- 
to. The younger one is a freshman at 
Johns Hopkins University 

Willouby Applegate Ansel! now lives 
in Charlotte since her husband was 
transferred from NYC with Royal Ins. 
Willouby spends a great deal of time 
riding 

Janna Staley Fitzgerald and hus- 
band Bob spent a week in Killmgton, 
VT last winter discovering what 
"real" skiing is all about Their son 
Scott was with them and they were 
joined by their older son, Robert, 

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Robert lives and works m Brookfleld 
Cir , Conn . and attends Western Con- 
necticut University, 

Sally Hamilton Staub and Ricliard 
also live in Charlotte Sally is still 
Special Arrangements Manager for the 
Science Museums of Charlotte 

Lucy Israel Oliver was sorry to have 
missed reunion At the time, she was 
on a business trip with her husband 
who IS a senior V.P with Mellon 
Bank Lucy works at Merrill Lynch 
Realty in Fox Chapel, Pa , as a real 
estate agent Their daughter, Margie, 
IS at Davidson College and son. Trip 
at Vanderbilt 

Fran Brackenridge Neumann is in 
charge of marketing and PR for a 
chemical dependency rehabilitation 
unit in California 

Anne Farnum has been president of 
the Essex Institute in Salem, Mass, 
since the fall of 1984 She is the first 
woman to be president of the In- 
stitute, which consists of a museum, 
library and several historic houses in 
the city of Salem 

Annabelle Ansley Sharp lives in San 
Antonio, TX, where she rides, raises 
and breeds quarter horses She and 
husband. Thomas, an attorney, have 
three daughters 

Julia Chapin Johnson has moved to 
Contoocook. NH She is a registered 
nurse and has two daughters and one 
son 

Nancy Coppedge Lynn lives in 
Atlanta and is an interior designer and 
owner of an antique shop 

Ann Sinwell Gabor is the assistant 
to the controller of a food broker com- 
pany She and John have two 
children, both attending Michigan 
State University 

Rosalie Owings Grant volunteers in 
a hospital gift shop and works on an 
administrative level in a social work 
agency 

Winifred Storey Davis is V P of 
Storey Theatres. Inc in Atlanta She 
and Trade, an attorney, have three 
sons Frank III. Frederick and Jordan 

Sarah Finnegan Lycett lives in 
Pennsylvania and is president of an 
international medical publisher's 

Patti BIrge Tyson is an attorney and 
a member of the US Postal Rate 
Commission 

Deeda Hill Bradford lives in Winter 
Haven. Ft with her husband and 
three sons She is involved in 
volunteer work and traveling 

Judith Rohrer Davis is a volunteer 
with the local ambulance service and 
at a center for victims of violent 
crime She has three sons Jonathan. 
Frederick and Timothy 

Carolyn Foster Meredith lives m 
Baltimore with her husband and four 
sons In 1984 she completed her R N 
degree but is now at home Carolyn is 
involved in volunteer work and finds 
that her work with the elderly is what 
she prefers She helps people learn to 
survive with a shrinking budget and 
to obtain the maximum benefit of com- 
munity services 

Sheila Haskell Smith has spent 

40 



many years working for the Cleveland 
Orchestra. Cleveland Opera and f\lor- 
thern Ohio Opera Assoc She and her 
husband have two children in college 
and a 13-year-old daughter. 

Polly Chapman Herring is in 
Houston where she is a "sometime" 
interior designer and a volunteer at 
St Johns School- She and husband 
Fred have three children 

Faith Bullis Sabring has 4 teenagers 
— a daughter at Villanova and 3 boys 
in high school Faith is still teaching 
H S math She had 2 discs removed 
from her back last summer but is now 
playing tennis and riding again 

Penny Stanton Meyer had a good 
reunion with Bee Newman Thayer in 
Hanover. NH. m March Son. David, 
graduates from Deerfield Academy and 
goes to Bowdoin College this year: 
daughter. Susannah, is a sophomore 
at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor. CT 
Penny is still teaching first grade 

Claiborne Smith Jones holds down 
the homelront while husband. Bobby, 
travels constantly designing golf 
courses Son. Trent, is a freshman at 
Wesleyan U and daughter. Tolly, is a 
5th grader Claiborne edits Tolly's 
school newsletter, volunteers at Filoli. 
a National Historic Trust home; acts in 
local theatre productions and takes 
creative writing courses at the com- 
munity college 



1965 



Co-Presidents 

Pryor Hale, 901 Fendall Tee . Charlot- 
tesville. VA 22903 
Milbrey Sebring Raney (Mrs R 
Beverly. Jr ). 900 Willston Court 
West Leigh. Charlottesville. VA 22901 
Secretary 

Sally Wright Hyde (Mrs D Stephen). 
6 Dickinson Lane. Wilmington. DE 
19807 

Co-Fund Agenis 

Alice Perry, 15 Ave A" 18-59 Zona 
13. Guatemala. Guatemala CA 
Johanne Vinson Finney, 4301 North- 
wich Court. Midlothian. VA 23113 

With memories of our 20th reunion 
now a year old. it was wonderful to 
receive more news from so many 
cards. Our past secretary, Whitney 
Jester Ranstrom has moved to Boca 
Raton, FL. I thank her for her good 
advice and the fine |ob she did with 
past news. 

At reunion Kay Knopf Kaplan and 
husband. Bob. had moved from 
California to San Antonio. TX Last 
September they moved back — same 
city, same house Bobs 2 teenage 
sons and Kay's 15 yr, old son. Tag. 
live with them. They are starting a 
new business to market new pro- 
ducts, and Kay is again working in 
the community to raise funds for local 
public education 

Alice Virginia Dodd who was at 
reunion, was named outstanding 



school media librarian in Jefferson 
Co . KY. last year 

A very sad topic at reunion was the 
death of In Currey Foster on 
December 9th. 1984 She fought a 
long battle with leukemia and handled 
her life with great intelligence and 
deep sensitivity 

Magda Salvesen is no longer 
teaching at the Berlitz School of 
Languages but is working as ex- 
ecutive administrator for a peace 
group — Architects/Designers/Plan- 
ners for Social Responsibility Its aim 
IS to prevent destruction of our 
civilization by nuclear war 

Saralyn McAfee Smith, Hamp and 
children. Laura. 3. and Robbie. 2. will 
be traveling from Dodge City. KS this 
summer to visit family in Georgia. 
South Carolina and l^ew Jersey She 
en|oys needlework, reading and 
aerobics, 

I had lengthy and exciting news 
from Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt. She. 
Paul and sons Doug. 14. and Andrew, 
to. will be returning from Panama this 
summer to the USA and their old ad- 
dress in Annadale. VA Brooke led a 
tour to Peru; had a family trip to 
Equador; led a tour to Guatemala 
where she saw Alice Perry Parks; and 
then led a tour to Equador Once settl- 
ed in Annadale. she plans to organize 
a tour to Guatemala from the west and 
east coasts; if interested, write her 

Another classmate abroad. Bonnie 
Chapman McClure wrote "Still in 
Pans living on a barge at Pont Neuf 
Saw Polly Jose Earl and darling son 
this summer in England." 

Some of us had exciting travels 
Belle Williams Smith wrote she had an 
interesting tour of South Africa and 
military bases along the Angolan and 
Namibian borders in Nov Her oldest 
daughter is to visit SBC as a prospec- 
tive student She is also deciding on a 
career, as her youngest enters first 
grade this fall in Roanoke 

Sherry Bradford Christhilf had a 
great trip to Ireland in the Fall of '85 
Her four kids are doing well Skiing in 
Aspen in '86 Spent the summer ski- 
ing (2 oldest girls with Chris Kilcullen 
Thurlow's children) in Switzerland on 
Swiss Challenge Program Sherry is 
still designing needlepoint and is tak- 
ing painting lessons at MIA in 
Baltimore 

Steve and I celebrated our 20th an- 
niversary touring England and 
Scotland last summer The highlight 
was a weeks walking tour through 
Yorkshire Mike. 17. Alix, 15. and 
Katie. 12. joined us when we flew to 
Washington and Oregon for a family 
reunion I am still en|oying my pre- 
school |0b — teaching 4 yr olds 

Mary K. Lee McDonald's eldest. 
John III (15'/?) has become an Eagle 
Scout' Bryan (11'/?) has earned his 
Webelos Arrow of Light and is )ust 
starting in the Boy Scouts The whole 
family will be in New Mexico again 
this summer at the Philmont Boy 
Scout Ranch 

Linda Schwaab Hodges returned 



from a trip to Israel in March on the 
day of the Libyan crisis' She still 
teaches preschool, art classes and 
aerobics, sings in the choir and helps 
with a Jr Activity Group at church 
Son Marcus. 17. is at the School of 
Science and Mathematics in Durham. 
NC; Rebecca, 14. is a cheerleader; 
Oamantha, 12. is a ballerina Husband 
Jim IS "still lawyering and dabbling 
with building a steel-hull boat 

After settling in Grand Rapids. Ml 
Dryden Childs Murck and her family 
have been transferred to Whippary. 
NJ They'll move this summer, though 
next fall her daughter will board at In- 
terlocken Arts Academy in N 
Michigan and her son will be at 
school in Ohio 

Sallie Mullins Thompson is enioying 
her 11 yr old daughter Kathryn. who 
loves reading, ballet and tennis Sallie 
IS very challenged by her |ob with 
IBM in Houston Her territory now in- 
cludes large banks 

Traylor Rucker is enioying life in 
New (Drieans — but the Navy may be 
transferring her in January 

Congratulations are due Pryor Hale, 
associate professor of Psychology and 
executive director of the Piedmont 
Virginia Community College Founda- 
tion She has been named winner of 
the Chancellors Fellowship for study 
at UVA's Curry School of Education 

Mlbs Sebring Raney and family are 
happily settled in Charlottesville. VA 
With her field in Gerontology she is 
marketing herself to area businesses 
Mlbs taught a course at Piedmont Va 
Community College under Pryor Hale 
this fall and will be speaking on the 
problems older women face at SBC 
reunion in May 

After 15 years with the USDA. 
Genie Dickey Caldwell has moved to 
the Oschner Medical Foundation, a 
very large hospital in New Orleans, to 
establish their data base management 
function She now feels able to plan 
and manage her work the way she 
thinks It should be done 

Stating it as: "a truly delightful 
season in my lifetime." Kathleen Wat- 
son Taylor is enioying her family in 
Washington. NC Her husband. Mar- 
shall. IS a radiologist Carney. 16. 
Ann. 12, and Selden, 8. are all active 
in school and sports She continues to 
be active in church. Bible Study and 
physical activities 

Alter receiving her masters in Gifted 
Education from the Univ of S 
Florida Betsy Knode Newton has been 
teaching gifted 6th-8th graders in Fort 
Myers. FL for 6 years Her daughter 
Laura is a freshman at U Va in the 
School of Architecture She and hus- 
band Jim also keep busy with a 
16-year-old son, 14-year-old step- 
daughter and an old house with a 
rambling yard. 

Trudy Dowd Hatch will finish her 
masters degree program June 6th 
She will rest a bit and continue with 
counseling couples and families at a 
church agency in Seattle 

In Boston. Bunny Sutton Healy is 

Sweet Briar College 



having a wondertui and busy lime 
with son Eben, 3. and his sister 
Elizabeth, nearly 2 

Sally McCrady Hubbard s two 
children are at the University of Texas 
in Austin — daughter, Anne, studying 
art and archaeology and son, Hayne 
m computer science 

Carol Reltsnyder Rhoads leels 
"right in the forefront of scientific 
research" from the immunology lab in 
Lexington, KY where she does 
research with AIDS and cancer Her 
oldest daughter. 17. is looking at col- 
leges: Richard, 14, is into soccer and 
piano, and Benjamin, 10, is enioymg 
Boy Scouts In 1987 her husband. 
Bob will be on sabbatical in Vienna, 
so Carol must start studying German 

Director of Research for the National 
Restaurant Association. Susan Fedeler 
Mills addressed the 66th annual con 
vention of the NRA with findings of a 
1985 Gallup Survey which measured 
the popularity of 15 specialty 
restaurants, including pizza delivery 

Oabney Williams McCoy has an 
11th grade son looking at colleges, an 
8th grade son going on a exchange 
program to France this spring, and a 
1st grade daughter Oabney is in 
charge of her 25th reunion at St 
Catharines She enjoyed seeing Jane 
Merkle Borden and family in Maine 
and Richmond last summer 

This past year was the first taste of 
"an empty nest" tor Merrily Austin 
Teasley, Her daughters are all away in 
school — Christi, 20, is a junior at Rl 
School of Design: Angy, 19, is a 
freshman at the School of Visual Arts, 
NYC, and Bettie, 15, is a sophomore 
at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA 
She and her husband, Charlie are still 
innkeeping at "Edgeworth inn" their 
1896 Victorian Bed & Breakfast in 
Monteagle, TN Merrily is also Rental 
Manager for the Monteagle Assembly 
(Southern Chautaugua) and welcomes 
any SBC visitors 

LIbba Hanger Luther also welcomes 
classmates on their way to Disney 
World now that she and Steve have 
moved to the Orlando area (Fern Park, 
FL), They love the Christian School 
there and the church where she has a 
part-time |0b 



1969 



President 

Nancy Wendling Peacock (Mrs 

Thomas C ), 3410 West Paces, Ferry 

Court, Atlanta, GA 30327 

Secretary 

Ann Arnspiger Canipe (Mrs W Kent), 

3210 Lakeridge Drive, Marietta, GA 

30067 

Fund Agent 

Kathy Montz Miller (Mrs Edward W ), 

Box 130, Star Road, White Haven, PA 

18661 

Jane Merriam Hildt comments that 
her lifestyle is hectic, which seems to 

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be typical of our class She works 
parttime for Urban Development Action 
Grant Program, is active in the PTA as 
VP and editor of newsletter, and 
secretary of the neighborhood civic 
association Husband Dan is busy with 
his graphic design business in 
Washington and coaching Amanda 
[7V2ys soccer team Patrick (9) is 
also an avid soccer player Their 
"sparetime" is spent working on the 
second year of an addition to their 
house 

Lynn Pearson Russell writes from 
Chevy Chase, MO Daughter Emily 
was born in December, loining Edward 
(4) Lynn is back at the National 
Gallery and is busier than ever Bill is 
in his last year of pediatric residency 
so they will be looking at various 
locales 

Melinda Koester Lopez has begun a 
new |0b as marketing executive, work- 
ing with the director of the US 
Chamber of Commerce She had a 
serious bout of mono so got a trip to 
Rio as part of her recuperation She 
also went to Alumnae Council in Oct, 
and spent the Christmas season pur- 
chasing then selling Christmas trees 
for her daughters school 

From the beautiful north Georgia 
mountains, Helen Willingham Hildreth 
writes of her weaving studio and con- 
temporary crafts and folk art gallery 
She has a 2-year-old son, Frank She 
IS involved with an environmental 
group working to preserve the national 
forests 

Martha Brewer continues working 
hard in her private practice in OB-Gyn 
in New Orleans In addition to practic- 
ing medicine, she's struggling with 
malpractice rates and alternative 
health delivery systems 

Another physician dealing with 
government red tape is Claudette 
Harloe Dalton who has established a 
solo private practice in Charlotte She 
was recently elected to UVa Medical 
School Alumni Board She does 
volunteer work with medical students, 
scouts, and church Her son Myson 
has become a good golfer and an 
aviation bull 

Elizabeth Wyatt travels to Europe 
several times a year for business and 
had a nice visit last spring in London 
with Kathy Kibbee Paterson, Elizabeth 
and husband John have Imished 
renovating a second townhouse in 
Park Slope, Brooklyn 

Mary Nelson Wade divides her time 
between 2 different schools for 
DeeOee (9) and Mary Fall (7) and her 
office at Wade & Egbert Inc The 
challenge is remembering which place 
she's supposed to be. 

Our First Lady of Arizona, Hattie 
Coons Babbitt writes that Bruce will 
not run for re-election He has been 
traveling lor the National Democratic 
Party Hattie's had a great year with 
Christopher (10) and T J (8) bicycl- 
ing and skiing 

Jan HoM wrote of a wondertui trip 
to Kenya/Tanzania in Jan She 
remarked it was better than the movie 



except for the absence of Robert Red- 
ford, Having grown up in Florida, Jan 
still loves Denver and the West 

In Florida. MimI Stockover Hull 
writes that son Todd is a freshman at 
Emory & Henry. She's talking SBC to 
her 9th grade daughter who's thinking 
Hawaii Mimi is an instructor/ 
counselor with the Displaced 
Homemaker program at Florida Jr 
College 

Win Waterman Lundy sent her 
Christmas card with a Happy Easter 
greeting Her 2 boys are really grow- 
ing She's involved with a Festival of 
Trees in Bettendorl and reported see- 
ing my name on some material from 
the Festival in Atlanta 

Blair Josephs Rohrer and Ivon 
spend a lot of time at their mountain 
home with their children. Anna Blair 
(7) and Ivon (8) Blair is taking a 
course in computer literacy to keep up 
with the children, plays tennis and is 
involved with drug education 

Marney Millan Upson is alive and 
well, still living in Cincinnati She's 
president of the Parents Association at 
her daughter's school and in charge 
of the Junior League of Cmcmnati's 
involvement with their city's bi- 
centennial celebration 

Ginny Stanford Perdue s challenge 
IS caring for her 92-year-old grand- 
mother who lives with them while at 
the same time keeping up with the 
many activities of a 6. 10. and 13 
year old 

Congratulations to Beth Beckner 
Henke who is finishing the course 
work for her doctorate in international 
health framing She plans to try 
freelance consulting in third world 
countries, primarily Africa 

Kathy BIythe Southerland is return 
ing to her role ol wife, mother, cook 
and chauffeur for Liza (14) and J J 
(10) after a year as president of the 
Charlotte Jr League Her husband Bill 
IS in the construction business and 
they had a fabulous trip to Japan in 
the fall 

Mary Chesnutt Hunt and husband 
are planning a summer trip to Van- 
couver A nice break from the routine 
of a 2-career family with 4 children 
All 4 children are doing well in school 

Yet another traveller is Cynthia 
Mays who is planning a trip to 
Amsterdam for a Billy Graham Con- 
ference and some extra days in Ger- 
many. Austria and Switzerland She 
continues her work with Trinity 
Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville 

Betsy Blackwell Laundon's family 
was planning a 10 day Panama Canal 
cruise to celebrate some big birthdays 
in her family Betsy keeps busy with 
Girl Scouts. Bible study. SBC board 
work and teaching a knitting class 

Joan Adriance MIckelson described 
herself as a college graduate torn be- 
tween being a "housewife" and 
needing more outside stimulation She 
gets that coaching and teaching tennis 
as well as playing Husband Charlie 
heads up an English program at Ohio 
University, and 3 busy children do 



many sports, music, church, scouts 
and 4-H proiects 

A new experience for Elizabeth 
Lewis Thier is mothering Matthew 
born June 1985 Elizabeth is back at 
her psychiatric practice 3 days a week 
while linishmg one part of her 
psychoanalytic training at the C G 
Jung Institute. She was looking for- 
ward to a trip to Scotland, and to 
staying in castles and inns 

Fran Robinson Boyer and family 
moved to Muttenz. Switzerland last 
summer when Parke's company was 
bought by a Swiss outfit They would 
love to see any SBC friends travelling 
their way Her children attend an 
English school and Fran is taking Ger- 
man classes 

Hope that by the time this is 
printed Jane Banks Petrey has moved 
to Austin. Texas She and her 2 
children Banks (7) and McRae (4) are 
staying in Ala till their house sells (8 
months at the time of her postcard) 
Her husband moved in Sept to begin 
work with a redwood lumber company 
and the family is anxious to |oin him 

Bryan Alphin Bente is in her 2nd 
year of ad|usting to life in Calif She 
knows about earthquakes and was 
missing springtime in Virginia 
Daughter Katharine was born in Nov 
and has slept 3 nights in her life 
After 10 weeks. Bryan returned to 
work in the biotechnology field Her 
other challenge is a busy 4 year old 
son 

Tessa Predmore Gaddis loves living 
in Oakland and. like many, balances a 
|ob and mothering. Her newest |ob is 
information systems broker lor her 
husband Michael's architectural firm 
and others She also sells line art and 
reproductions as a sideline Her 
favorite |0b is mothering 3 children — 
dancing, gardening, painting, reading 
and laughing with them 

Jan Huguenin Assmus was anxious- 
ly awaiting spring after a long Ver- 
mont winter She reports the skiing 
was great but she can't keep up with 
her daughters Marion and Julie Gert 
IS still the associate dean at the Tuck 
School 

Another 69er in Vermont is Meny 
Hill Brooks who is about to linish her 
graduate program Her friends in 
Atlanta hope she will return here for a 
|0b but there may be some reasons to 
stay up there 

Mabry Chambliss DeBuys wrote of 
learning the lesson ol enjoying each 
day after a serious bout of pneumonia 
and being on a respirator for 2'/? 
months She is the only woman part- 
ner in a 40-person law firm in Seattle 
and has married an attorney whom 
she met there who is from Birm- 
ingham and whose mother went to 
SBC 

Sue Scanlan is still battling for us 
for women's rights. Her husband 
Jared has acquired a growing reputa- 
tion as a gourmet cook They have 
survived a redecorating project of their 
townhouse in Alexandria which Sue 
described as humbling and slightly 

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Bankrupting 

Mary Mahan Marco is teaching 
math at Bucks County Community Col- 
lege using computer labs which she 
described as a great step trom punch- 
ing computer cards at SBC She sees 
Sue Roessel Gibson and Phyllis Girard 
lor lunch at least once a year, 

Michael Nexsen Robertson had a 
son last July and was busy as 
treasurer of the Richmond Jr League 
trying to collect dues trom 1200 
members She also is very involved 
with the older children's schools She 
sees Sherry Irving Titus sometimes 

Atlee Walker Wolf has retired from 
teaching after 13 years and is study- 
ing to be certified as a sign language 
interpreter She and John still love 
Baltimore where they have a new 
home which they are still decorating 
She was planning a New York shop- 
ping spree for daughter Jessica (12) 
for spring break 

Another busy classmate is Liz 
Beach Baker who has 3 children going 
in opposite directions She chaired a 
benefit for Le Bonheur Children's 
Medical Center which featured the 
Four Tops and will be VP of the 
Junior League of Memphis next year 
She and Tom are planning a Europe 
trip in Sept and hope to go by SBC 
on their way to Tom's reunion in May 
at W&L 

Our class seems to en|oy traveling a 
lot Jean Rushin Brown told ot 
"adult" trips to Hawaii and Phoenix 
and family trips to Disney World. Col- 
orado, and New Hampshire, When 
she's home, she's busy on the 
nursery school board, Jr League 
nominating committee, and Family & 
Childrens Aid 

Pat Winton Schlingmann and her 
husband Rick are franchisees with Jif- 
fy Lube-a fast oil change business 
Pat runs the day-to-day operations of 
10 stores and they hope to open 10 
more She reported a wonderful trip 
taking 3 children from LA to San 
Francisco then to Denver by tram 

Darlene Pierro was in the middle of 
rehearsals of Camelol for 75 5th- 12th 
graders That did take me back to our 
May Day theme a mere 19 years ago 
Darlene is head of the middle school 
at Maret School m DC and also 
teaches math and geometry She has 
taken groups of high school students 
to study in France and visited the 
family she lived with during Sweet 
Briar's Junior Year in France, Her 
"spare" time is spent working on her 
house. 

Kay Hutton Eadie is busy working 
for Coldwell Banker leasing downtown 
office space m Nashville Both boys. 
Hutton (7) and Baker (11) are busy 
and growing too fast 

Carol Osborn works as an ad- 
ministrative assistant to a VP of 
Human Resources and holds 2 church 
soloist positions while studying opera 
She has 2 red dachshunds 

Ann Tremain Lee wrote that she 
and Saint are enioymg watching their 
girls grow up Maria is 13 and 

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babysits so her parents can get out, 
Cameron is 10 and can't wait to start 
a new school; and Allison is 8 

Liz Medaglla wrote the most roman- 
tic news ol the class While on a trip 
to Pans and Geneva, she was pro- 
posed to in a little park )ust off the 
Pont Neuf by Joseph Sinnott — and 
she accepted They will be married in 
the fall. Her law practice takes her to 
New York quite a bit, 

Edna Ann Cunningham White enjoys 
her work as a reference librarian for 
the South Carolina State Library 

I had lunch about 2 weeks ago with 
Haden Ridley Winborne. Missy Sum- 
mer Huggins, and Nancy Wendling 
Peacock. It was as pleasant as coffee 
and cinammon toast at Boxwood Inn 
It's a |oy to have SBC friends close 
by 

Missy's cooking business. Missy's 
Madness, keeps her very busy. She 
IS very popular as a caterer and her 
friends always en|oy a sample Tennis 
and carpooling fill her other time 
Daughter Samantha (9'/?) en|oys 
horseback riding and Drew (5'/?) is 
just plain busy. Bob is head of the 
government unit at Salomon Brothers. 

Haden and Nancy have run the Ad- 
missions/Provisional program for the 
Atlanta Jr, League this year Haden 
chaired the committee and Nancy 
coordinated one of the courses Haden 
survived a maior redecorating and 
adding on to her home and hopes to 
find time now for sewing and keeping 
up with John and their 9'/?-year-old 
twin girls 

Nancy stays busy constantly Her 
husband Tom is still traveling to Saudi 
Arabia and now Holland, She is still 
involved as secretary of the High 
Museum of Art Members Guild, serves 
on several Jr League committees, and 
the mothers' club at school. She's 
looking forward to a fun summer of 
tennis, swimming, and the beach 

As for me. I'm too busy and tired 
My mother became ill after Christmas 
and died last week so I've logged 
some miles between Ky and Ga Ive 
been involved as treasurer of the 
Festival of Trees which raised 
$500,000 for the Egleston Children's 
Hospital and as Vice President for 
Career Interests for the Jr League 
and also was Ginnys room mother 
and a Sunday School teacher Next 
year I'll be a co-chairman for the 
Festival of Trees and treasurer-elect 
for the Jr, League, I've promised Kent 
and Ginny (9'/?) that the years alter 
that are for them Ginny is into soc- 
cer, ballet, brownies, piano and 
chorus so I spend my spare time in 
my car I'm still working for Nancy's 
husband Tom keeping the company 
books. My jogging and my 
housekeeping have definitely suffered 
this year. 



1973 



President 

Nan Robertson Clarke (Mrs Thomas 



Hal. Jr.). 47 Brighton Road NE. Atlan- 
ta. GA 30309 
Secretary 

Hibernla (Mac) Cuthbert Langley (Mrs 
William John). 403 Patjens Lane. 
Mount Pleasant. SC 29454 
Fund Agents 

Susan (Scollie) OToole, 6536 Deer- 
ings Lane. Norcross. GA 30092 
Susan Dern Plank (Mrs David P.). 98 
Otsego Street. Cahatoharie. NY 13317 

Talk about a dedicated class 
secretary' Here I am on vacation in 
Naples. FL writing our class notes As 
always it has been fun getting mail 
every day for the past couple of 
months. And now it's your turn to 
learn all the news 

Abigail Allen Rennekamp had her 
third girl. Rachel Alexandra, on Jan 
23 She has been galloping two-year- 
old thoroughbreds to prepare them for 
a two year training sale at the end of 
April She and Nick, three daughters 
under four, two dogs and all the 
horses spent a month in Louisiana in 
preparation tor the sale 

Rita Anselmo and husband John 
Whitler had a daughter in August. 
Melissa Kay Anselmo Rita and John 
moved the month before Melissa's 
birth into a house bought at auction 
and are in the throes of renovation 
Rita IS with the Navy working on the 
Internal Control Program, and John is 
now an attorney with Brad and Leckie 
specializing in electrical utilities, hav- 
ing left the Justice Department last 
August 

Residing in Mobile but living in her 
car. Gypsie Bear Van Antwerp finds 
that her two children and their ac- 
tivities keep her busy She has been 
successful in getting her cerebral 
juices flowing again by taking an art 
history course at her local museuNi 
Through the Mobile YWCA Gypsie is 
very involved in an after-school pro- 
gram for latch-key children. 

When Cindy Bekins wrote from 
Omaha, she was on her way to 
Sanibel Island for a two-week vacation 
from her job as the referral director 
for her real estate company. She was 
looking forward to another break in 
June for the Bekins family reunion in 
Monterey and Carmel. CA 

Anne Billings McOougall, Ed. Mag- 
gie. 4, and Jimmy 1. moved last June 
from Coral Gables to Orlando where Ed 
was transferred by Coldwell Banker 
Commercial Real Estate Anne's family 
IS her priority, but she does find time 
for church activities, parent/child 
seminars, gardening and yard land- 
scaping with Ed and will probably af- 
filiate with the Orlando Jr League in 
the fall 

Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin is finishing 
her graduate work in May and will 
celebrate this landmark event with 
visits to Atlanta and Mount Pleasant. 
SC, This IS as much a graduation pre- 
sent, from Bob to me as it is to Weez 
Bob will stay behind at Milton 
Academy to look after Alexa. 9. Blake. 
7. and Christopher. 4 The five Gilpins 



are looking forward to summer in their 
house on Martha's Vineyard 

Pascale Boulard Dutilleul extends a 
warm invitation to all Parisian 
travelers. She, Pierre. Damien. 2. 
Carole. 8. Isabelle. 6'/? and Laure. 
4'/2. live 45 miles west of Pans. In 
February Pascale met President Fry 
and some Junior Year Abroad 
students Pierre is a controller for 
NCR Company Pascale is the presi- 
dent ol "Le Troc-Temps." a volunteer 
"skills bank ": members earn credits 
by the hour for tending gardens, 
babysitting, washing dishes, book- 
keeping, auto repairs, health care, 
etc.. and spend the credits for other 
skills in the bank 

Michelle Brown Badcock. a resident 
of the UK for 14 years now, is looking 
forward to a two-week visit in New 
England in June with husband 
Michael. After having spent nine years 
at home with her three children. 
Simon. 10. Douglas. 5. and Heather. 
4. Michelle has started working as a 
part-time volunteer with an advice 
bureau in her local market town 

Dorsie Buck Harrison will be moving 
in June from Miami back to San An- 
tonio when her husband finishes his 
oncology fellowship. She stays busy 
with her job teaching three-year-olds 
at her children's Chnstian school m 
Miami 

Barbara Cain Hegarty and John 
have some exciting news — the birth 
of Ryan Charles on March 29, 

Among the brave in our class is 
Betsy Cann Akers who, with the help 
of husband Scotty took Scotty. 6. 
Morgan. 3'/.'. and William. 1. on an 
overnight tram ride from Atlanta to 
Washington. DC to visit Winton Smool 
Holladay '74 Betsy is expecting child 
#4 in August 

Freida Carpenter Tucker is in her 
12th year of teaching at Amherst 
County High School, This year she 
has an SBC student teacher. Louanne 
Woody Heather is 7. and Jarrod is 2 

From Thomaston. CT Creigh Casey 
Krin writes that her twins Lindsey and 
Heather were 4 in February Creigh 
also looks after the 2-year-old son of a 
teacher-friend She and John are 
remodeling their house themselves 
with help only from John's brother 
Creigh spent time last summer in 
Maine with Jane Lucas. 

In June 1985 Peggy Cheesewright 
Garner and John moved into the house 
they designed in Medina WA. Peggy 
is active with the Jr. League of Seat- 
tle's Training Committee, works on 
contract with the local hospital on a 
babysitting course, is head of Seat- 
tle's SBC alumnae club and does fast 
walking for exercise. 

Looking forward to a move in 
December to Connecticut is Anita 
Clarendon Ledsinger. She. Chuck. 
Leila. 4. and Elise. 1, are currently in 
Dallas; Chuck's transfer to Embassy 
Suites' NYC office precipitates their 
Northern move 

In Atlanta Justine Cobb is director 
ol the Northside Readiness School, a 

Sweet Briar College 



Iherapeutic pre-school for 3-7 year 
olds with moderate developmental 
delays and high level autism The 
class IS designed m coordination with 
UNCs medical school and is one of 
only several early intervention pro- 
grams for pre-school autistic children 
in the world 

Deidre Conley and husband Gerard 
Guizol are back In the States, this 
time m Houston where Deidre is 
delighted to find a big SBC group 
Gerard is working at an international 
school, and Deidre is selling wine and 
working m PR for an import-export 
company. She loves the international 
mix of Houston that allows her to use 
all her languages 

After too many cold winters in l^ew 
York Rene Conover Reed and Nat are 
enjoying the warmer weather ol 
Greensboro, NC Melissa, 3Vi. has a 
brother, Craig Conover Reed, who ar- 
rived on Sept 9, 1985 

Susan Craig married Wayne Smith 
on Feb 1 , and Emily Garth Brown and 
Lisa Marshall Chalmers were there to 
help Wayne has his own real estate 
business in Columbia, SC, and Susan 
continues with her art work with an 
advertising agency Susan and Wayne 
enjoy canoeing, snow skiing and 
camping together 

Mary Dantord is now the Deputy 
City Attorney for Portland, OR which 
means she defends the city when it 
gets sued Except when she is in trial 
she has more free time which she 
uses to run more, take a yoga class, 
and to begin weight training Michael 
teaches advanced placement English 
classes and loves the challenge of in- 
teresting, bright and motivated 
students. In preparation for a Mexican 
vacation in March they took a Spanish 
course together 

When she wrote, Lucy Dennington 
Kennedy was preparing tor two con- 
certs that were to be given during the 
annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage in 
Memphis Her husband is recovering 
from shingles and arthritis, and they 
are both looking forward to a healthier 
year 

Somehow Sue Dern Plank found 
enough spare time from her class 
fund raising duties to write that 
because ol David's promotion to maior 
they and daughter Elena will be mov- 
ing to Yokota Air Force Base in Japan 
in the fall Right now she is busy get- 
ting her house m Tennessee ready to 
put on the market She and her family 
spent most of last summer in Cana- 
lohane, NY 

Molly Dunn Martin, William and 
9-year-old Cameron spent some time 
in London last summer for the ABA 
meetings Molly spends lots of time 
showing dalmations and teaching obe- 
dience As Molly observes, "Dogs are 
easier than kids! " Life in Mobile is 
great, and piano and tennis lessons 
and Softball practice more than fill her 
hours 

Chris Eng Leventhal takes ballet, 
teaches aerobic exercise, does 
freelance editing at home and takes 

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care of Amy, 6, and Nicholas, 3 
Somewhere in there she also teaches 
science twice a month at Amy's 
school Peter runs their health food 
store in Old Greenwich, teaches kung- 
fu and has a private nutritional con- 
sulting practice Langhorne King Mur- 
ray. Latham and their three children 
spent a weekend with the Leventhals 
last September, Chris writes that 
Langhorne is expecting Baby #4 soon. 
The Leventhals go to Block Island 
every summer and love it 

Val Fannon Phillips travels to 15 
states as a regional sales manager for 
Hershey Pasta Group, Son Blair is 
almost two. 

Most of her time goes to taking 
care ol her 2 and 5 year old boys, but 
Alison Fifer Stonecipher did make the 
Million Dollar Club as a real estate 
agent for Merrill Lynch Alison's hus- 
band IS a pilot for TWA based in San- 
ta Barbara, and in March he and 
Alison spent 12 days skiing in Italy 
and Switzerland Alison occasionally 
gets to see Dede Mclntyre Porter in 
San Francisco 

Lisa Fowler Winslow is moving into 
a new house in Malibu, CA. She had 
a great trip to Europe last summer. 
Son Russell is 4 

Janie Genster and husband John 
Buckley are living in Washington, DC 
where John is a partner with Williams 
and Connolly Janie continues to teach 
law on a part time/ad|unct basis, con- 
centrating on courses in the criminal 
process area and alternating between 
UVA law school and Georgetown Law 
Center in DC Janie and John have 
enjoyed daughters Emily, 5. and Dar- 
cy. 3, so much that Baby #3 will ar- 
rive in late July 

After SIX years in London Irish 
Gilhooly O'Neill plans to stay on in- 
definitely Trish continues to do well 
in the lewelry design business and 
loves the trips to Hong Kong that it 
requires. On her next trip she hopes 
to rendezvous with Jan Storey Honick 
who will be there on her way to 
China For a change of pace Trish has 
planned a hiking trip in New Zealand 
in October and if time allows will visit 
the Great Barrier Reef too She has 
one child. 

In addition to her duties as mother 
to Ryan, 11. and Scott, 7, Susan 
Hancock Duke helps Roy in his |0b 
with TFM Industries by handling all 
the paperwork To streamline their 
lives a bit the Dukes are considering a 
move to Greensboro, NC to be nearer 
the center of Roy's territory 

Chris Hegarty Savage is |ob sharing 
three days a week as a medical 
technologist at University Suburban 
Health Center Laboratory in Ohio. Pat 
IS a vice president of corporate lend- 
ing at Society National bank Last 
summer they moved into a bigger 
house Feeling brave, Chris and Pat 
took Clay, 4'/?, and Brendan. 16 
mos,, on a ten day vacation to Captiva 
Island and Naples 

Jill Heptinstall continues to love her 
job in the publishing world. In addi- 



tion to publishing a newspaper her 
company is starting a monthly 
business magazine She spent two 
weeks m London last April but 
couldn t find Diane Leslie. 

Carter Heyward Morris has moved 
to a "new" old house complete with 
beautiful gardens, fountains and a 
goldfish pond No wonder daughter 
Heyward. 7'/?. and Wade, 4'/?, love 
it Carter has started an import 
business with two partners, importing 
mostly from Hong Kong 

To end her commute from Augusta, 
GA to Aiken, SC Peggy Holloway 
Fitch. Paul, Brannon, 6, Mollis, 3, and 
Kendall, 19 mos moved into an 
historic house in Aiken Peggy has a 
private dermatology practice and a zoo 
— lour horses, a foal, two cows — 
the list goes on and on' 

After teaching economics at High 
Point College in North Carolina, Kris 
Howell IS back in school and is 
halfway through a Ph D in economics 
at the University of Kentucky in Lex- 
ington She sees someone who is 
working on a Ph.D. in biology, and 
she has a fat cat and a new 
thoroughbred that is an ex-race horse 
Kris went to Aspen in March and 
plans to spend the summer in school 
and at the beach 

After suffering for nine months with 
an undetected herniated disc, Pam 
Ivens-Renner is now well and back at 
work as coordinator of services to 
older adults through the Red Cross 
out of Philadelphia Bartie is 28 mos , 
and Michael practices law lor Marriott, 
a |ob that takes him to Boston far too 
often, Pam was bulb chairman for her 
area but had to spend her time going 
to Buffalo for back treatments instead 
of hustling bulbs 

Susan KIrby Peacock is working 
part-time on an M FA in painting 
and part-time as a pharmacist David 
IS a doctor as well as a sculptor, and 
they both love to garden. In May they 
went to Abacos and m June to 
Galapagos Susan was sorry she miss- 
ed her local SBC luncheon this year 
but really enjoyed it last year 

Janie Knutson James is trying to 
adjust to a California lifestyle She and 
Michael moved suddenly last fall to 
Mission Viejo when he accepted an 
assistant sports editor position with 
the LA Times. Patrick. 4. and 
Elizabeth. 2'/2, have adjusted more 
easily Nuts laments thai no one in 
California is poor, ugly, fat or without 
the latest in anything' 

Nancy Lenihan Conaty. Jay and 
Matt. 8'/2. are living in their new 
house in Rumson, l\IJ Planning an 
addition to their house, school board 
and PTA work at Matt's school and 
learning to play golf keep Nancy busy 

By now Diane Leslie is settled in 
NYC after having spent two years in 
London As a last fling Diane spent 
some time skiing in Italy. 

Linda Lipscomb is the catering 
manager at a new hotel m New 
Orleans but will be moving soon to 
Dallas. Last summer's vacation in 



England has motivated her to make a 
bundle quickly and then retire' 

Jane McCutchen McFadden is busy 
with their businesses in Vermont 
Their three boys are active with ice 
hockey and skiing during the winter 
and sailing in the summer. 

Deborah McDowell Gilronan is still 
in Portland. OR where her husband is 
vp of International Sales for ESCO. 
Their two children attend Oregon 
Episcopal School 

Alice Mclnnis Hughes had dinner 
with Betsy Perry in NYC the day 
before Betsy had to pack for a move 
Kenneth began kindergarten last fall, 
and Sarah Beth, 2'/2, is busy in a 
pre-school program 

With boys ages 2'/2 and 6'/; 
Marion McKee Humphreys spends her 
time juggling their carpools with her 
aerobics classes, Bible study 
fellowship work, construction and her 
husband's new job The whole family 
will head to Montana for a summer 
vacation 

As they were on their way to 
California in October, Ann Major Gibb 
and family ran into Johnny and me in 
the Atlanta airport as we were on our 
way to New York While there Anne 
visited with Diane Dale Reiling. Ann is 
a sales representative for Leiter's 
Designer Fabric and volunteers as 
head of her Sunday school program, 
works with the local medical auxiliary, 
and was knee deep in Emily's Girl 
Scout cookies when she wrote David 
is in nursery school 

Lisa Marshall Chalmers has a large 
following m Atlanta as a children's 
portraitist Marshall, 4'/2, and 
Elizabeth, 15 mos , give her enough 
peace and quiet to allow her to do 
this She and David relaxed in 
Jamaica m April 

Joan May Hardin and Rick wel- 
comed big Richard John into this 
world in June 1985 where he joined 
Meredith, 6, and Bill, 3 Joan sees 
Julie Johnson Evans and Leigh 
Schopfer Rhea as often as her 
children's schedules allow 

Though grounded when she wrote 
because of a baby due in August, 
Chris Mendel Prewitl flies C-9 s 
around the Pacific from her base in 
the Philippines Daughter Darwin is 
almost 2 

Betsie Merle Gambel, Greg, 
Gregory, 9, and Meric, 4, spent 
Easter in the British Virgin Islands 
Betsie took a year off from teaching 
and did more volunteer work with the 
Child Assault Prevention Program In 
August they will visit Washington, DC 
and New England 

Angie Miller has been appointed 
delegate to the National White House 
Conference on small businesses She 
was previously president of Angela 
Miller Investments. Inc and is now 
vice president/treasurer of First 
Florida Building Corporation in Miami 

Laura Montague Cross has loved 
her first year of teaching two classes 
of 7th grade social studies Fred. 5. 
IS in kindergarten and Katie. 4. is in a 

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pre-school program. Jetf's insurance 
business is thriving 

Laurie Norrls Solywoda is still work- 
ing at the Albany Medical Center In 
March, Laurie, Andy, Stephanie, 5, 
and Cynthia, 3, went to Hawaii tor a 
family wedding 

From Birmingham, AL Betsy Oakley 
Smith announces the arrival ol Robert 
last August who was welcomed by 
brothers Harrison, 7, and William, 3 
Somehow Betsy does volunteer work 
for Magic Moments", a new group 
that grants wishes to critically ill 
children 

Scoltie O'Toole was recently pro- 
moted to manager of professional 
employment at Scientific-Atlanta where 
she works with Betsy Blackwell Laun- 
don's '69 husband Scottie has 
recently seen Kim Riccardi Ramsey 
and Walt who were in Atlanta for a 
meeting and loves seeing other alums 
at SBC gatherings 

Debbie Pollock Arce is glad finally 
to be able to contribute to the ranks 
of classmates offspring Cory Allison 
arrived in October 1985 Debbie and 
Roger work for their small but steadily 
growing software company in Oregon 
and were thrilled to get some press m 
PC World 

1985 was a good year for Kathy 
Pretzfelder Steele and Dave Dave was 
promoted to manager of his store and 
Kathy to marketing research manager 
at the insurance company where she 
has been working since graduation 
Tracy is in kindergarten, and Kelly, 3, 
15 the family's alarm clock All four 
will vacation on Cape Cod this 
summer 

Carol Anne Provence Gallivan writes 
that as Anne Genevieve, 10, Henry, 5, 
and Harriet. 3. get older life gets 
much easier' She is active m the 
Greenville Jr League and with church 
and school work as well as with 
Pineapple Galleries, her antique, gitts 
and lewelry business Mills has 
recovered from leg surgery and has 
substituted bikmg tor running The 
whole family is excited about the new 
house they are building 

Char Reed-Miller still has her 
medical consulting business, but she 
and Jean McKenzie 71 are trying to 
develop their own business Chars 
husband Bill is now head of electron 
optics for Carl Zeiss, Inc. Their na- 
tional champion Jack Russell terrier 
has |ust had another litter, and Char 
hunts woodchucks, foxes and rac- 
coons with her pack of Jack Russells 
Char bought Mr Cronin's horse 
Radar, and while in Virginia to buy 
him she stayed with Alletta Bredin-Beu 
in Charlottesville 

Nan Robertson Clarke sees all our 
Atlanta classmates as often as the life 
of a mother of lour will allow She 
sends the news of the arrival of Alison 
Baker s baby Dylan Husband Hal is 
busy with his law practice, and the 
whole family loves being in their new, 
bigger house 

Candy Sheffield Neilson is glad to 
be back east after having lived for 

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several years in Oklahoma She, 
Keith, Sarah. 4. and Matthew, 1'/?. 
are renting a house in Niantic, CT 
while waiting to sell theirs in 
Oklahoma 

Tina Sheris Wood continues with 
her medical auxiliary work, and when 
she wrote she had a garage full ol 
1,000 geraniums and impatients tor 
their spring flower sale Lissa, 8, is 
very active in gymnastics and com- 
petitive swimming, and Adam, 4'/?, is 
in nursery school. At Christmas they 
had a reunion with John's family at 
Sanibel Island 

Though she was |ust about to leave 
tor Hong Kong and China, Jan Storey 
Honik managed to get her card in on 
time In May 1985 she and Eric went 
to Athens, Rhodes and Istanbul and 
were in the Athens airport |ust before 
the hijacking Eric is with the law firm 
Bizar, D'Alessandro, Shustak and 
Martin in New York, and Jan works 
as a travel consultant David is two 
and IS in a Montesson school 

Georgia Tucker Tuttle s news is last 
year's, having arrived too late for 
1985 publication The Tuttles are in 
London, and Laura and Emily, now 6 
and t according to my calculations, 
en|oy walks in Hyde Park, Georgia still 
plays tennis and is active in the Jr 
League and her church 

Clement Virgin Durkes. Rick, 
Frances, 6. and Harriet, 3, are m 
Chicago where Rick is an investment 
banker with the Chicago Corporation 
Clement has been very involved with 
the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a 
member of the Women s Board and as 
a supernumerary, non-singmg extra in 
several productions, Frances was an 
extra in the 1985 production ol Otello 

Jean Williams Johnson, Pete. David. 
8. and Selh, 2'/2. have taken up sail- 
ing and spend every weekend on the 
water The biggest challenge is to 
keep Seth happy in cramped quarters 

Dianne Wood Keyser has started 
working as a dental assistant for the 
County Health Department in Raleigh 
She's delighted to have Rene Conover 
Reed so close and sees Mary Jane 
Berry, too Eric. 8. has |ust begun 
Little League, and Barbara, 5. loves 
school. 

Ginger Woodward Gast has moved 
from Arlington to a bigger house in 
Fairfax. VA She teaches second 
grade at a school close to home and 
is working on her masters in reading 
Michael. 6'/!. and Carolina. 4'/?. have 
a new pet. a bunny named Donna 

At last, here is the news from Deb- 
bie Ziegler Hopkins. Last July she and 
George had their second son. Walter 
Chandler Debbie sends word that 
Gary Davis King had her second girl. 
Lucy, in February. She enjoys seeing 
'73 classmates at the SBC gatherings 
there in t^ew Orleans. 

And now I need you to help me 
solve a mystery I received a card 
saying that Pat and Gregory had a boy 
on June 8, 1985 and that Greg is a 
marketing manager tor the state of 
Virginia The only catch is that there 



was no last name or return address 
on the card At any rate, we re happy 
for you' 

I. Mac Cuthbert Langley. Johnny. 
Will. 7. and Hibernia. 2. are delighted 
to be alive and well m Mount Plea- 
sant, SC Pediatrics keeps Johnny 
busy, and I am constantly being 
challenged in all ways by my cherubs 
Our latest addition is a basset puppy 
named Alfred (no olfense, Lisa) When 
I'm not writing SBC notes I help 
Johnny in his office, chair a commit- 
tee on teen pregnancy for the Jr 
League, do church work, help at 
Will's school, and make him take 
piano lessons This past year we went 
to New York a couple of times and 
hope to go again in the fall I'm look- 
ing forward to hearing from everyone 
again next year Please remember that 
I need your cards by April 15 



1977 



President 

Molly Reeb Clark (Mrs Stephen). 

1019 Shirley Ave . Norfolk, VA 23507 

Secretary 

Ellen Sellers McDowell (Mrs Rex W ), 

3862 Duchess Trail, Dallas, TX 75229 

Fund Agents 

Jane Mooney 3118 Barnard Court, 

Fairfax, VA 22031 

Debbie Koss McCarthy (Mrs David). 

168 Trenton Road, Chapel Hill. NC 

27514 

Our 10th year reunion is in May, 
1987, so start planning your trip now 
Aren't you anxious to catch up with 
everybody in person'' 

Claire Cain Thomas Linzee is living 
in Stamford, CT and working as an 
associate editor at two medical jour- 
nals, Consultant and Journal ol 
Musculoskeletal Medicine, published 
by Cliggott Publishing in Greenwich 
Cam was looking forward to a bicycle 
tour with her sister last spring She 
recently saw Elvira Cash Pecora and 
her new "adorable" baby, Gregory 
Elvira and Chip's son was born Dec 
18 and Elvira decided not to return to 
work at Rolm/IBM after her maternity 
leave She hears from Janet Meyers 
Deans and Rob on Long Island, 
Marianne Hutton Fetch and Bob in NJ, 
Christine Davis Boulware and Peggy 
Haley Sheehan and Chris in Colorado 
Peggy is ready to take advantage of 
her position as manager of a designer 
furniture showroom She and husband 
Chris have just bought their first 
house and need furniture, Chris is 
working as an investment banker at 
Boettcher Peggy is also making use 
of her French since two French 
friends and their families have moved 
to Denver 

Sarah Steel Levlne s second 
daughter, Stephanie, joined Cynthia 
{2V}) in January The Levines are in 
the process of building their "dream 
house " on five acres on New Vernon, 



NJ and hoped to move in during the 
summer Wendy Congdon Stanton ex- 
pected her second boy in April It 
doesn't look like she will be providing 
any students for SBC 

Being a volunteer with the Boston 
Symphony keeps Farnell Cowan busy 
when she is not traveling She went 
to Spam and Greece last March on 
vacation For her job as International 
Officer at the Bank of Boston, she 
traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong 
and Singapore during the summer 

Renee Hanson Crowder was in New 
York last October working lor the 
Secret Service She was involved with 
the United Nations General Assembly 
and met Prime Minister Thatcher dur- 
ing a reception She recently passed 
her Instructor s Training for Jazzercise 
and IS teaching in Fairfax County 
Renee and Jack planned a vacation in 
April, the first one for just the two of 
them in six years 

Virginia Shepherd is now editor of 
Virginia Wildlite Stephanie Maxson is 
back tor the second time working in 
Georgetown and living on the Potomac 
in Old Town Alexandria She is the 
Director of Legal and Industrial Affairs 
for the American Society of Travel 
Agents Stephanie gives speeches and 
attends meetings all over the U S as 
well as Hong Kong, Seoul, Budapest 
London, Rome and Dublin This fall 
she will be traveling to Singapore. 
New Zealand and Australia 

Cindy Webb is working on her 
Master's at Harvard's Kennedy School 
of Government. After graduation in 
June she will return to Washington to 
continue working for the CIA She 
comments that Harvard is quite a 
change from SBC Angela Scully is in 
DC. working as a freelance fund- 
raiser She IS also involved with an in- 
ternational exchange program She 
and husband George have a baby girl. 
Elspeth Scully Elsen, born April 22. 
1986 

Ellen Wahl is in her third year with 
the family business She has just 
returned from her third annual trip to 
Palm-Aire where she relaxes, is 
pampered, and works out four hours a 
day She has been involved as a 
member of the Republican Inner Cir- 
cle, a political support group. Ellen 
spent an exhausting but exciting tour 
days in DC last year attending the 
Presidential inaugural activities 

Molly Reeb Clark's daughter Nancy 
IS live now and ready for 
kindergarten. Molly is still working for 
Merrill Lynch as a futures broker. 
Louise Lambert Hunter is enjoying 
homelife with two year old Graham. 
Missy Flanigan Clark, David and their 
two children visited last October, 

Sallie Mohle has kept up with 
several people She had dinner in 
March with Lyndi Cote who told her 
that Jo Ella Schneider is engaged 
She planned to spend the night with 
Becky Mayer Gutierrez m MA last 
April on her way to New Hampshire to 
see Pete's family Sally is working at 
George Mason University in the Ac- 
Sweet Briar College 



counts Payable Dept Pete is across 
Ihe hall in Data Control How about 
ttiat tor togettierness' 

In Rictimcnd Cindy Kendree Thier- 
inger and J T were waiting tor ttie 
birth ot their second child She is 
working full-time as the contract sales 
manager tor This End Up Furniture 
Company, but hoped to take a break 
when the baby arrived Newsflash 
Sara Kiley Thiennger was born May 2 
Also m Richmond, Martha Branch 
Alexander enioys her work as a 
private math tutor and being at home 
with the children Their 2nd son. Mar- 
shall Branch Alexander, was born m 
Feb '85 Jim is now associated with 
the investment banking firm of 
Craigie. Inc 

Debbie Hubble Wilson is trying to 
start a childcare agency in Lynchburg 
Also in Lynchburg, Debra IVIarks 
Bryant is Assistant Vice President of 
Investments for Central Fidelity Bank 
She IS President of the Lynchburg 
Alumnae Club, is serving on the Board 
of the Continuing Studies Program at 
SBC, and is counseling SBC students 
on career choices Blake (3) expected 
to have a new brother or sister in 
May Somehow, Debra also finds time 
lor The Junior League of Lynchburg 

Linda Uihieln's new farm has two 
barns, a cemetery and four old log 
cabins One barn will be renovated for 
a stable so Linda can have her fox- 
hunter on the farm Her Jack Russell 
IS due with another litter. She is only 
working part of her garden this year 
because it is so big, Linda recently 
returned from a sailing and diving trip 
to Bimini 

Gay Lynn Gates' |ob covers a ter- 
ritory of Winchester to Bristol, VA. but 
cuts off right before SBC Husband 
Bobs company may be enlarging and 
he may get his own branch to manage 
in NJ, PA, or NY 

Debbie Koss McCarthy and family 
are very happy with their house with 
3'/? acres just outside Chapel Hill 
Debbie loves being a mom to Courtney 
(S'/z) and Alex (3). who she 
describes as "The Wild Child ' She 
teaches music two mornings a week 
at Durham Academy, is starting a 
Sweet Tones-type singing group for 
the League, and is active in her 
church 

Ebet Stevens takes care of Elizabeth 
(2) and does volunteer work She had 
a visit from Clarissa Nielsen m 
February and a surprise visit from 
Tricia Waters. Tricia has left the Na- 
tional Gallery in DC, and moved to 
the Baltimore Museum as Assistant to 
Brenda Richardson, one of the top 
curators ot 20th Century Art, Tricia 
recently has been asked to serve on 
the Board ot Friends of Art at SBC 

Deborah Epperson SIzer and David 
own an adult contemporary radio sta- 
tion m Galax. VA They are trying to 
sell their house in Mt Airy. NC so 
David will not have to continue com- 
muting Besides the radio station, 
Deborah en|oys her children Brian. 9. 
Steven, 5, and Virginia, 2 Ann 

Alumnae Magazine 



Crossingham Cannon is active in the 
Jr Charity League and other com- 
munity protects in Concord, NC Her 
children, Leslie Ann and Will, are 
models for Spencer's (her family in- 
fant wear manulactunng company) 
They can be seen m Parents. 
Women's Day. and Good Houskeeping 
Send us some pictures tor the scrap- 
book Ann 

From Fairway, KS, Mary Graves has 
exciting news In July she is marrying 
Charlie Hodge Originally from 
Philadelphia, Charlie is a pediatric 
gastroenterologist Mary is working for 
Saks Fifth Avenue and they plan to 
stay in Fairway Leslie McMullln and 
Steven have been living m Billings 
Montana for almost two years Steve 
IS the fisheries manager lor the Dept. 
of Fish, Wildlife and Parks Emily (6) 
is in kindergarten and Kyle (4) is in 
preschool Leslie's time is spent with 
the kids and volunteer work at the 
hospital She looked forward to going 
back to Maine during the summer 

Kathy Roantree Renkin and Jeff 
have bought Ihe house of their 
dreams in the woods of Minnesota, 
They expected their first child in 
March. Kathy planned to continue 
work at Control Data but only part- 
time after the baby arrives Unlor- 
tunately. she cannot attend the re- 
union next May 

From Georgia. Glenn King Springer 
was winding up her year as Museum 
Guild president Next year she will be 
placement chairman for the League 
She was Event Secretary lor the 
Midlands Horse Trials last May. The 
Springs bought a new house and 
planned to move in September, The 
girls, Lillian and Haden are A and V/z 
now 

Keith. Katie and Louise Aiken 
Calhoun moved to Savannah in 
January, They liked Atlanta but de- 
cided they wanted to raise a family in 
a smaller city Keith is a lawyer with 
Adams, Gardner. Ellis and Inglesby 
and Louise is a full-time mother. 
Cathy Goodhart Henson and Carlton 
love being back in Atlanta They are 
expecting their third child in May 
Also in Atlanta, Debbie Butterl Akers 
IS a vice president of First Georgia 
Bank 

I received a wonderful letter from 
Maggie Sextan Johnson. She sounded 
very busy with Daniel (3) and a May 
graduation with a BS in Nursing from 
UNC She has been working as an RN 
in a private psychiatric hospital. 
Charter Rivers, and also gives group 
therapy to recovered alcoholics and 
ACOA's (Adult Children of Alcoholics) 

In Nashville. Mary Palmer Blackmon 
works at the museum She has 
opened a catering company and will 
leave the museum if all continues to 
go well with it. Kate (3) is in pre- 
school Mary's husband Buddy had a 
song "1982" that was #1 m Cashbox 
Magazine for two weeks The song is 
done by Randy Travis 

After a brief but enjoyable stmt In 
West Palm Beach, FL, Fran Scott 



Tesch and Carl are back in Nashville 
Fran IS a manager in executive com- 
munications for Northern Telecom and 
travels frequently Carl works for a 
mechanical engineering firm and is 
keeping up with the Nashville music 
scene in his spare time They recently 
bought a new house Anne Marshall- 
Ross also moved from Florida last year 
after marriage to Doug Ross Doug 
had a new |ob as an agronomist in 
California They are living near 
Sacramento about midway between the 
coast and the Sierras, and get to sam- 
ple everything from San Francisco to 
snow skiing Anne is working for the 
CA Dept of Fish and Game in the En- 
dangered Plant Program 

David and Patti Wornom Henry 
moved close to Chicago David is in 
the Army and Patti is a full-time Mom 
to Chaz and baby Ashley Mane, born 
Feb '86 In Chicago. Vivian 
Yamaguchi started her own law firm 
with three other lawyers she practiced 
with for the past six years They han- 
dle insurance defense Vivian still 
finds time to ride a few times a week 
and to participate m local horse 
shows Stuart and Vivian are looking 
for a house in the suburbs They 
planned to be m San Francisco, LA, 
and San Diego last April for business 
and pleasure Last September she had 
a reunion with Keedle Grones. 76 
Maggie Shrlver. JoJo Scott, and Addy 
Eshbach. 78. at Libby White Drbal s 
wedding After the wedding, Libby 
and Doug moved from CA to NJ and 
planned to occupy their new house at 
the Jersey shore this summer Six 
months after the wedding, they had a 
wonderful honeymoon in the British 
Virgin Islands Libby was promoted to 
product manager for all equine pro- 
ducts worldwide for Merck & Co. in 
NJ. Doug also works for Merck 
marketing equine and small animal 
products in the US Libby planned to 
travel in Europe in the spring and 
summer of '86 while Doug travelled in 
the US, She saw Addy Eshbach in 
January in Boston: Addy is working 
as a head hunter tor attorneys Libby 
also visited Maggie Shrlver. JoJo 
Scott, and Kathy Slatlnchek. 76 in 
DC last February. 

Phool Ching Lai has exciting news 
from Singapore She was expecting a 
baby June 3rd In September, her 
husband will be sent on a I'/z year 
fellowship in orthopedics to Edin- 
burgh. Scotland, The Mayo Clinic. MN 
and Rochester NY She is apprehen- 
sive about traveling with the new 
baby If anyone can give her ideas 
about accommodations in Rochester. 
MN (the Mayo Clinici or Rochester, 
New York, she would be most ap- 
preciative (You can send any informa- 
tion to me and I will forward it to 
her,) 

From England, Christine Weeras- 
Ingah Hand writes that she and her 
husband have been busy installing 
new machinery and ovens for their 
business Harriet DInegar visited last 
October while traveling through 



Europe Sebastian is 2'/? now and 
anxiously awaiting a new arrival to the 
Hand household 

Lola Brock Meakin has been enjoy- 
ing her life of leisure in London She 
has been fixing up an 1840 Victorian 
house, involved with the Junior 
League, and having long lunches with 
friends She is expecting the first 
"Meakin Munchkin ' in November 
Before then she expected to travel to 
the States in April, France in May and 
Cornwall in September 

Oualntance Foman married John 
Samuel Armstrong IV in NYC in May 
Ouamtance is a VP in La Jolla of E F 
Hutton and Co , her husband is a 
financial consultant for Shearson 
Lehman Bros in San Diego 

Vera Blake Thiers and Gerd had a 
baby girl, Kate, in April '85 Vera 
writes that despite the horrors she 
had envisioned with a baby, she loves 
having Kate around. Gerd is looking 
for a suitable practice to set up as a 
dermatologist They hope to stay in 
the Frankfurt area. Vera is working 
four days a week for the same tour 
operator she has worked for since 
1980 She reports that Kate (Mac) 
MacElhlnney married Doug Mont- 
gomery m San Francisco in Sept '85 
and IS living there 

Elaine Griffin Bracewell is expecting 
child number three She has a boy (3) 
and a girl (I'A), The children keep 
her company while Dad is busy with 
his own law firm m Houston 

In Dallas last May, Becky Frost 
Good and Steve were expecting their 
second child Beverly is now three 
and IS involved with swimming 
lessons and attending my cooking 
school Becky was assistant chairman 
of the Finance Committee for the 
League last year, and is involved in 
publishing the new League cookbook 
She continues to serve on the board 
of the Incest Recovery Association, 
and she is treasurer of the Sweet 
Briar Club of Dallas 

Virginia Griffin Brereton is also in 
Dallas and looks great. Her oldest 
daughter Beth. (6), attends my cook- 
ing school and is a treat Lewis and 
Virginia have another daughter, 
Katherine (2) Virginia works with the 
Junior Group of the Symphony 
League Kathy McDonald has a new 
job as Director of Marketing for 
H P.G Home Video For her League 
placement, she has been part of a 
singing group that performs at 
hospitals and nursing homes In her 
spare time she works in the yard of 
her Highland Park house 

As for the McDowells, the three of 
us are doing well Emily, who came 
July 22. 1985. is a joy I have been 
lucky to be able to do much of my 
work for The Cooking School out of 
my home so I don't have to be gone 
from her every day all day Lisa Wray 
Longino '78 and I are co-presidents of 
the SB Club Dallas, so we'd love 
ideas from your various clubs Next 
year I'll also be chairman of The 
Workshop Committee for The Senior 

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Citizens Craft Fair of Tfie Dallas Junior 
League^ Rex and I are looking forward 
to a sailing trip in the Bahamas in 
May. 

Thanks to all of you who have sent 
pictures for the scrapbook The rest of 
you need to follow suit (At least send 
me pictures of your children) so we 
will all enjoy a full scrapbook at the 
reunion. Until then, take care. 



1981 



President 

Eva Devine, 3611 Church Road, 

Ellicott City, MD 21043 

Secretary 

Helen Masters Durham (Mrs Helen 

M.), 323 Lexington Road, Richmond, 

VA 23226 

Fund Agent 

Holly Craig, 6 Knollwood Lane, Darien, 

CT 06820 

(The above were the class ollicers up 

to Reunion '86) 

Lisa Allison Barnhard is now en- 
rolled at Georgia State University get- 
ting an MS. in exercise science. Amy 
Andrews has a masters in museum 
education and is in the process of get- 
ting an MBA, She is working at the 
Corcoran Gallery of Art and is program 
coordinator of a five-museum col- 
laborative project in Washington, DC, 
Vickie Archer graduated in May from 
Pittsburgh Law School. Elaine 
Arozarena was transferred from Mex- 
ico City to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
She's the District Sales Manager for 
Dun and Bradstreet International and 
the only woman executive in their of- 
fice in Latin America. Julie Broolce is 
a business attorney in Jacksonville, 
Florida, Nina Brown has recently 
moved to Boston to work as an ac- 
count executive. 

Barbara Bush is living in Old Town 
Alexandria just down the street from 
Tania Voss Ryan and working for the 
Madeira School in the Development Of- 
fice as Assistant Director/Director of 
Publications Annie Callahan Keech is 
still in Washington, DC. working on 
"the hill " Stirling Cassidy is a 
marketing consultant at The Equitable 
in NYC, and also volunteers with the 
Junior League Olivia Chaplin is work- 
ing towards her 88 graduation from 
Georgetown Univ. Law Center. She 
teaches aerobics on the side "to keep 
her sanity " Windsor Cleveland Yellen 
was married to Mitchell on August 24, 
1985. She is still modeling and doing 
narrations and commercials in LA Her 
husband is the executive sales direc- 
tor of an alarm company. Laura Col- 
eman Proctor has a son born 
November 25, 1985 named James 
Moudy Proctor, III. She is living in 
Birmingham, Alabama. Virginia Donald 
is James's godmother. Virginia is 
assistant director at the Atchison 
Gallery in Birmingham. Dawne Cotton 
Ward was married to Jim in October, 

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1984. She has a masters from the 
American Graduate School of Interna- 
tional Management and now lives and 
works in LA as an Assistant Catering 
Director for the Sportsmen's Lodge 
Hotel. Lynn Croft is living in Orlando, 
Florida, teaching second grade and 
waiting for the Boxwood gang to come 
visit Latha Dameron Zackowsiti is a 
Sales Assistant for Dean Wittier in 
Norfolk and Scott is practicing 
medicine with the Navy. She has 
recently begun studying flute again. 
Lynn Danesi has completed her 
masters, and by this writing has com- 
pleted veterinary school at the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. 
Eve Devine has gone into the 
seafood/fish business with family 
Lynn Eriandson will be getting married 
on September 20th to Russ Pauly; 
they will reside in Minneapolis She 
has completed her masters in jour- 
nalism and worked as a news-feature 
reporter in Wausau, Wl. Quinne Pokes 
had a piece of sculpture accepted by 
the Maryland Biennial Exhibit at the 
Baltimore Museum of Art in Dec. 
1985/Jan. 1986. First by boat, then 
by plane, then by car, Quinne found 
her way to her new home in Ventura. 
CA where she is looking for a studio. 
IVIartha Freeman Brouse received an 
opera contract with the Linz 
Landestheater in Austria where she 
sings, travels, and tries to keep up 
with her husband. Steve who is now 
stationed in the US Anne Grosvenor 
Evrard and her family, who live in 
France, spent a year in Memphis. 
Anne taught French at an all-girls' 
Catholic high school while their two 
little girls Ann-Marie (4) and Helene 
(3) enjoyed an American daycare 
lifestyle. Walter had a very successful 
year working in antiques and organiz- 
ing buying trips to France. Nancy 
Golden is loving every minute of her 



Class of 1981 



job as historian and assistant editor at 
the US Department of State. She is 
taking graduate courses at Johns 
Hopkins and Gallaudet College and is 
having fun with rowing, weight- 
training and sign language. Daughty 
(Nancy) Hagan is an officer in the 
Treasurer's Division working as a 
Systems Analyst at United Virginia 
Bank in Richmond. K. Hagan has 
finished her 2nd year as a Residence 
Hall Director for 400 girls, mostly 
freshman at Georgia Southern College 
in Statesboro Hillary Herndon Lewis 
is living happily in Dallas and working 
in personnel for Coopers and Lybrand. 
She is also busy with volunteer work 
and a choral group which does lots of 
fun performances. Hillary is proud 
godmother to her niece — daughter of 
Leslie Lewis Anderson '78 who lives 
in Miami. Hillary's other sister, Helen 
(SBC '79) is managing Paraphernalia, 
a clothing shop in Georgetown. 

In July, Caroline Hawk Sparrow is 
moving back to Birmingham, AL, 
where her husband has accepted a 
position with the law firm of Hare, 
Wynn, Newell and Newton. Carol Hays 
Hunley is working in the international 
loan review area at Pittsburgh National 
Bank, Tom is head of personal com- 
puter applications for J.C. Penney's 
accounting centers. They're fixing up 
their new house and training their two 
dogs (a never-ending task). Lori Jons 
Westmoreland, in Midland. Texas, is 
volunteering with the church. Junior 
League, museum, and community Bi- 
ble study. She's also in a tennis 
league and will be working on Texas' 
150th birthday. She was the campaign 
manager for a city council race and 
plans on working for the Congres- 
sional races in November. Cornelia 
Kennedy Suskind was married May 4, 
1986 to Ron Kathy Levi Hoover, Mol- 
ly Garone, Leiee Frank, Betsey Simp- 



son and Anne Sargeant were all going 
to Connecticut for the wedding. They 
live in St. Petersburg, Florida where 
Ron is a staff writer tor the St. Pete 
Times and she is writing for Florida 
Trend magazine and is also a stringer 
for People magazine. Debra Kertzman 
transferred to and graduated from 
Boston University. In May, 1985 she 
graduated from the Columbus School 
of Law at Catholic University. She is 
presently working as an attorney at 
the Securites and Exchange Commis- 
sion in Washington, DC. Karol Ann 
Lawson taught an undergraduate in- 
troduction to Art History at St. Mary's 
College of Maryland and is still work- 
ing on her Ph.D. in Art History. She's 
doing research for her dissertation on 
landscapes of America before 1820. 
Kathy Levi Hoover lives in Richmond, 
Va and is a computer analyst for 
Southern States Coop. Her husband, 
Michael is a portfolio manager for 
Capitoline Investment Services. She's 
volunteering for Richmond's Alumnae 
Club, bulb chairwoman and the Junior 
League. In addition, they've been 
remodeling and adding on to their 
home. Jane Losse Momberger has two 
children, John, (3) and Claire, (1), 
Joel has finished law school and com- 
pleted a 1-year federal clerkship in 
June. He's now working at a law firm 
in Salt Lake City, She'd love to see 
any classmates heading out West! 
Valerie Luckstone is living in Arl- 
ington. Va, working as an office 
manager for The Lawrence Group, 
Inc., a multi-media marketing and 
advertising firm Leslie MacNeil Dob- 
bins was married June 21. 1986 to 
Helm. He is a Sr. Vice President and 
Manager of the United States Banking 
Division at Liberty National Bank in 
Louisville. "Boo" Major is still the 
trainer and general manager of 
Hickory Top Farm and Woodstock 

Sweet Briar College 



Farm's Slables of Columbia She's do- 
ing lots ot showmg and evenlmg with 
horses Amy Marshall Lewis and her 
husband Robert, a stockbroker, have 
a son Teddy, (2) and by now should 
have another which was due in early 
August Amy does the bookkeeping 
and helps with management in the 
family business Carrie Maynard 
works in labor relations at NBC in 
New York and is active in the Junior 
League and Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Club She sees Kearsley Rand. Anne- 
Marie McAndrews Pagli, Presley 
Neithammer. Holly Silsand, and Sterl- 
ing Cassidy quite often Anne-Marie 
McAndrews Pagli was married in 
August, 1985 to John, an investment 
banker at Merrill Lynch, They are liv- 
ing in Manhattan, NY, where she is a 
placement manager at Vintage 
Resources, Inc Susan McGrath Gard- 
ner and her husband. Buddy have a 
daughter. Elizabeth Ann (t'/j) Susan 
works as a fundraismg consultant and 
in their spare time they are renovating 
an old Tudor home in Garden City. 
Long Island 

Sarane McHugh is still working at 
Todd Boat Works and en|oying life on 
Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sandy 
Meads Jeffries lives m Va Beach, Va 
Allison Muller Chambers and her hus- 
band. Burgess, a financial investment 
advisor have been renovating an old 
house in Winter Park, PL and she 
keeps busy selling residential real 
estate and working with community 
organizations Presley Neithammer is 
engaged to Jim Schwinn, A V P at 
Citibank in New York, An October 
wedding is planned She is working 
as a fundraiser for Ihe Metropolitan 
Museum of Art Sue Pflugfelder Lamb 
is living in Manhattan and is the 
assistant to the managing editor of 
Elle magazine She's studying French, 
cooking, skiing, and beaching 

Susan Pinkard is living in Miami 
working lor Piedmont Airlines learning 
about international ticketing and 
traveling Jamie Planck Martin and her 
husband E B live in Jackson, 
Mississippi where they both practice 
law (She got her degree from 
Vanderbilt Law School in 1984 ) She 
keeps busy with the church. Junior 
League and settling into the new 
house they built, Brendy Reiter Hant- 
zes was married in September, 1983 
to Nicholas, In November. 1985 they 
had a son named Harrison They are 
living in their new house in Fairfax 
County. Va- She works for National 
Geographic. Allison Joy Roberts is 
working for a small lewelry company 
in Chicago. Illinois and hoping to 
return to school to get her MBA Nan 
Loftin visited her in November and 
Theresa Lange in December Margaret 
Robinson is studying analytical 
chemistry at Georgia Tech in Atlanta 
working towards a Ph D She spent 
the summer of '85 in Europe visiting 
friends from St, Andrews, including 
Nicky Riddell, one of our exchange 
students who is doing well and work- 
ing for a bank in London. Margaret 

Alumnae Magazine 



has a sister beginning her sophomore 
year at SBC Susan Rowat was at 
Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio 
where she completed her MBA with 
finance and marketing concentrations. 
Mara Ryan is now working as a nurse 
on a surgical floor at St Vincent's 
Hospital in Greenwich Village, NY 
and runs a pre-operative class after 
work for patients going into surgery 
She sees Kearsley Rand quite often 
Both attended Stephanie Skinner For- 
tunato's wedding, to Paul in 
September 1985 Stephanie works at 
Ihe Bank ot Delaware and the Kitchen 
Sink Gift Shop They've just moved to 
their new house in Wilmington Tania 
Voss Ryan, in addition to her work as 
Director of Admissions and 
kindergarten teacher at Alexandria 
Country Day School, planned to work 
over the summer as an apprentice to 
an antique dealer a few mornings a 
week Jane Ward Moore and Max 
have moved to Charlotte, N,C where 
Max IS in marketing with Ashland 
Chemical Company Jane is a 
guidance counselor at a public high 
school there Nancy Webb Corkery 
lives and works in Boston, Mass She 
IS the assistant to alumni relations and 
annual giving at the Beaver Country 
Day School She was married June 
14, 1986 to David Caroline Hawk 
Sparrow. Virginia Donald and Lillian 
Sinks '80 were in the wedding 
Elizabeth Webster Cotter is director of 
Marketing for the South Carolina Bo- 
langles franchise in Columbia. She 
was married on a plantation in Allan- 
dale to Leslie, a graduate of W&L Law 
School in April. 1986 Liz Winson is 
living in a condo in Pittsburgh. Penn- 
sylvania, practicing law with the State 
Attorney General's office in the torts 
litigation section after her graduation 
in May. 1985 from W&L Law School 
Pam Wood Davis has recently moved 
to Bellevue, Washington due to her 
husband Glenn's promotion They 
should have had their baby sometime 
in May Ed's note Christopher was 
born May 1 Grandmother Diane Out- 
Held Wood '57 went out to help dur- 
ing the sleepless nights 

A few latecomers Mary E. Adams, 
who attended SB and graduated from 
East Carolina Univ . married Thomas 
Warwick Steed III in Raleigh in May 
They will live in Raleigh, Mary is a 
travel agent and her husband a tax 
lawyer and CPA, 

May Carter Phillips is taking a trip 
around the world — stopping in 
Swaziland to dig for remains of early 
man, then touring through Africa, In- 
dia, China. Nepal. Japan, Taiwan. 
New Zealand and Australia. She is 
due home this December 

Sophia Crysler Hart and Ford are at 
their 2nd post in Moscow and are en- 
loying the opportunities to travel in 
Europe They survived their first 
winter and are approaching the 
"White Nights " ot summer. 

Karen Gagnon is getting married to 
John Wojciak in October, Kathy. of 
course, will be maid-of-honor. Kathy 



IS busy schooling her 4-year-old 
thoroughbred and shopping for a 
house 

Margaret Lynn Galdi is a technical 
writer for Pittsburgh Software Co By 
the time these notes appear, Harriet 
Harrison Leavell will have graduated 
from the Univ of Houston Law Center 
and taken the Bar exam In 
September she will start with the firm 
of Hutcheson and Grundy 

Stephanie Stitt is still at the Gug- 
genheim and IS living with old Box- 
wood roomie, Margaret Medlock, The 
two of them see lots of Liz Seacord 
who is at the Knoedlee Gallery 
Stephanie says NYC is still great! 

Henrietta T, White is a systems 
manager for Southwestern Savings 
and Loan Co m Charlotte She reports 
that Jane Terry Lee and Scott had a 
baby boy, William Branson Lee, in 
Oct '85 

And, as for myself, I, Helen 
Masters Durham have en|oyed being 
your class secretary for the past 5 
years My congratulations go to the 
new officers for the upcoming 5 
years, Allison Roberts, president, 
Kearsley Rand, secretary and Nancy 
Webb Corkery and Barb Bush co-fund 
agents Buck, Arch, (now 3 and still 
adorable) and I sold our renovated 
farm house and moved closer in to 
work and school. We're living in a fun 
young neighborhood in Richmond, Va 
now, a welcome change I'm still in 
marketing, but now for Bank of 
Virginia's corporate marketing and 
Buck's still (as always) in school He 
has his PhD, in Biochemistry and 2 
years of medical school behind him 
now. I wish you all luck and think of 
you often Have a wonderful Autumn' 
Always. Helen 



1985 



President 

Jeannie Guthans. 14 Kingsway. 

Mobile. AL 35608 

Secretary 

Beth Anderson, 2817 39th Street NW, 

Washington. DC 20007 

Fund Agent 

Whitney Machnik, 7 Stoneleigh Knoll, 

Old Lyme. CT 06371 

Thanks to all who wrote me — it 
was great to hear from you' 

Elizabeth Kelly has moved to Sum- 
mit. N,J., and IS working for AT&T 
Communications as a computer pro- 
grammer She lives with Jocelyn 
Byrne '84 Jill Redpath is living in 
Dallas with Patti Dolan. Jill is working 
for a mortgage bank, The Lomas and 
Nettleton Company Cara Heard '86 
stayed with Jill and Patti m January 
for an internship with L&N 

El Warner is living in northern 
Virginia and working at the National 
Captioning Institute She will begin 
graduate work at UVA in the fall, 

Ann Martin is living in Washington 



and working as an account represen- 
tative tor Napco, Inc, She is engaged 
to Karen Gonya's '86 brother Jeff 
The wedding date is June 14th 

Laura Morrissette Dzwonkowskl and 
Joey were married last June They are 
living in Mobile where Laura works as 
a marketing counselor lor a retirement 
village They will be in Nashville for 
Mimi Kitchen's '83 wedding in July 
Laura saw Mary Bliss, Perry Liles, 
and Cathleen Brooke at Jeanie 
Guthans debut Jeanie is working in 
Mobile for Am South Bank Perry 
lives in Charlotte with Martha Boxley, 
were both of them are working for 
travel agencies Mary works in Cam- 
bridge, Mass as a shareholder 
representative for Putnam Management 
Company Cathleen is in school at the 
University of Florida where she is 
studying public relations She hopes 
to graduate in December with a 
masters in mass communication 

Melissa Shoen is at Boston Univer- 
sity School of Law Also in the area is 
Jane Elliot. She is working as a 
paralegal for Taylor, Anderson, and 
Thavers 

Lisa Fondeur is living and working 
in London at Penhaligon's, a per- 
fumers: she will be moving to Pans in 
the near future, possibly to be an au 
pair and learn the language Whitney 
Machnik is at home in Connecticut, 
working as a bar manager for a water- 
front restaurant She is thinking of 
moving to Boston for the summer 

Kama Boswell is in Dallas, working 
at SMU She and Nancy Finley went 
skiing in Colorado with Nancy 
Daugherty Davidson 82 and Brianna 
Boswell '82 and their husbands. Linda 
Yeager is a systems analyst at 
Bankers Trust Co m NYC 

Heidi Belolsky works as a city plan- 
ner in Lynchburg, in the Community 
Development Division She is taking 
night classes toward her MBA, and 
she made her debut last season Lin- 
da Manley is also in the area, 
teaching in the Amherst County public 
schools. She is attending Lynchburg 
College grad school as well, maioring 
in school administration. 

Heather Homonnay is teaching in 
Morgantown. W V. She is engaged to 
George Finley. a 1984 grad of W&L 
They are planning to be married in 
June Ginger Ryon works as a sales 
representative for a computer firm in 
Pensacola. FL She has been spend- 
ing some time with Suzanne Weaver, 
who IS working in a gift shop in 
Charleston. S.C Susanne saw Vicky 
Vidal, Cheryl Forlin Young, and 
Renata Leckszas in Washington last 
Christmas Cheryl was married to 
Richard Young last June They live in 
Arlington. VA. where she works as an 
accountant to a dean in the Medical 
School at Georgetown University, and 
Richard is a third year med student 
Renata is working in Baltimore as the 
Assistant Director of Marketing for a 
travel wholesale firm. 

Barb Tragakis writes from Old Town 
Alexandria where she is living and 

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working. She reports that Vicky Vidal 
is worl<ifig tor a law firm in 
Washington, and living in Crystal City, 
Barb's spare time is spent as a 
Brownie leader, 

Laura Groppe is in Japan, where 
she is planning to teach conversational 
English, She spent last summer and 
tall as an assistant at the Aspen In- 
stitute lor Humanities Studies in 
Aspen. CO. Martha Shorter Lanier 
finds herselt back at SBC "on the 
other side of the fence" as an admis- 
sions counselor. She has seen Stacy 
Zackowski, Joyce Coleman, and Karia 
Kennedy. Stacy is working in Virginia 
Beach as a computer programmer for 
Comptek Technical Services, and is 
planning a June wedding. KarIa is in 
New York working as a credit analyst 
for chemical Bank and living in Green- 
wich Village with Barb Callahan '84. 
KarIa sees Carolyn Bass and Kelly 
Manderson on occasion. 

Joyce Coleman is currently at W&L 
law school, and, as she puts it, 
"reading law 25 hours per day." She 
will work for Meeks and Smith law 
firm this summer. Cecily Schuiz is 
also a first-year law student, at UVA. 

Dale Banfleld is working as a 
manager with Joan and David Shoes 
at Ann Taylor in Washington and lov- 
ing it. Kim Knox is also in the DC 
area, living with friends on Capitol Hill 
and working as a staff associate for 
Temps & Co., a temporary agency. 
She reports that Molly Hanley. Chris 
Corcoran, and Lewis Lagrone '86 are 
living in the area too. Leanne Weber 
is a manufacturer's representative for 
contract furniture in D.C. as well. 

Nancy FInley is in Virginia Beach, 
managing a One Hour Photo. She is 
thinking about going back to school. 

Paula Horning is living and working 
in Honolulu, and having a wonderful 
time. Claire Pfister is enjoying 
Australia, where she is working on a 
polo ranch. She had previously been 
in England riding racehorses. 

Mallihai Lawrence is in grad school 
at Duke, where she hopes to complete 



her masters by December of this year 
Ruthann Holland is also in grad school 
at the University of Dayton, where she 
is studying for her law degree. 
DeAnne Blanton is at Wake Forest 
working toward her masters in 
American history and historic preser- 
vation. She will be spending the sum- 
mer writing her thesis on colonial 
North Carolina- 
Garland Harvie graduated from the 
U.S. Army Intelligence Center and 
School at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. She 
loves the area, and is waitressing 
while waiting for an opening with a 
government contractor over the sum- 
mer. Also in the area is Missie Bosco, 
who is in Phoenix working as a loan 
officer for Century Bank. She plans to 
go to the Cayman Islands for some 
scuba diving in October. 

Sandy Whaling has been In London 
studying at Sotheby's. Now she's 
back in Winston-Salem working for 
Kelly Services and preparing for a real 
estate broker's license 

Debbie Fischer is living near 
Baltimore and teaching math and 
science at Garrison Forest. She is 
keeping busy in her spare time with 
the Junior League. She has seen Lin- 
da Miller and Laurie Limlpitlaw, both 
of whom live nearby. Linda is working 
as a computer software technician and 
instructor with Frederick Computer 
Products. Laurie is head resident 
counselor of a group of emotionally 
disturbed boys in Frederick, and she 
is taking graduate courses in 
psychology while trying to get into a 
doctoral program. 

Lori Waller is in NYC working for 
Chemical Bank. She is a management 
trainee in their Capital Markets Group 
Operations. Sharon McKinney is work- 
ing in NY as well, tor J.J. Kenny Co. 
This past November, Kim Costello 
was engaged to David Ridlan, a W&L 
graduate now stationed at Fort Bragg, 
N.C. as a paratrooper with the 82nd 
Airborne Division. Kim is a legal assis- 
tant in Atlanta. They are planning an 
August wedding. Ellen Carver is also 



in Atlanta working as an admissions 
counselor for Agnes Scott College. 

Susan Palmer is living and working 
in Dallas, as an assistant to a buyer 
at Neiman-Marcus. Cari Clayton is in 
the process of receiving her MBA in 
international studies from George 
Washington University, Cape Morton is 
living in Lynchburg, where she works 
as an advertising sales representative 
for Virginia Country Magazine, 

Nancy Ness is an assistant in the 
advertising department for Home Fur- 
nishings Daily in NY. Also in the city 
is Anne Faulconer, who is employed 
in retail sales by First Albany Corpora- 
tion, a brokerage firm. 

Lenetta Archard is in Ft Lauder- 
dale, working as a sales represen- 
tative for Amoco Oil Co., while Cathy 
Hubbard is working in Washington as 
an administrative assistant in the pro- 
perty management department for 
Blake Construction Co. She is living in 
Alexandria. 

Karen Tinsley is studying for her 
Ph.D. in psychology at Penn State 
University. Dana Black and Betsy 
Shanks are living together in Atlanta 
— Betsy graduated from the Univ. of 
Georgia and now works as a travel 
agent, while Dana finished at the 
Univ. of Alabama and is a paralegal 
with a law firm. Kara Grady will 
receive her BA in journalism at the 
Univ. of S.C, and is planning to be 
married to David Godfrey. They will be 
living in Dunwoody, GA. Kym Hancock 
will be graduating in May with a BSN. 
She loves nursing, and says that she 
sees Beth Richmond and Shelley Jobe, 
once in a while. Romi Williams will 
graduate from the Univ. of Georgia in 
June, and she plans to work for 
Senator Mack Mattingly in Washington 
over the summer. Ro Gambrill is in 
Memphis working for a property 
management company. Susanne 
Schmitt graduated from Tulane 
Engineering School with a degree in 
computer science. She is now at 
Tulane's Freeman Business School 
pursuing an MBA. 



Elizabeth Morriss is attending law 
school at Wake Forest, and she is 
now Bulb Chairman for the local SBC 
alumnae club. This summer will be 
spent working with the N.C. Supreme 
Court, where she has accepted a 
judicial clerkship. 

Betty Sayler is living and job- 
hunting in Alexandria, VA. She lives 
right down the street from Lesley 
Allen, Elizabeth Cahill '84, and 
Heather Willson '84 

Heather Beck '86 is a computer 
teacher at the Immaculate Conception 
School in Wellsville, NY. She is also 
working toward her degree in com- 
puter graphic engineering at Alfred 
State University. Beth Tweedy married 
W. Steven Farmer last June. They are 
living in Lynchburg, where both are 
self-employed. 

Kate Byrne is working in residential 
real estate in Bethesda. MD. Danielle 
De Paul is senior assistant marketing 
manager for the Rouse Company, an 
entertainment company in St. Louis. 
Altie Perrin Jones graduated from 
Southern Methodist University in 
Dallas with a degree in finance. She 
was Queen of the Junior Auxiliary's 
1986 Pilgrimage Ball in Columbus, 
MS. Susan Lazarus is fashion coor- 
dinator and assistant to the president 
in her family's business, L.G. Lazarus 
in Roanoke. 

As for myself, I am living and 
working in Washington, and having a 
great time. I'm working as a staff 
associate for Temps & Co., a tem- 
porary agency downtown. Wedding 
plans are in the works tor next year. 
My fiance Chris McGee is a manage- 
ment associate with Sovran Bank in 
Richmond. I will be moving to Rich- 
mond after the wedding. In the mean- 
time, I hope all is well with everyone 
— please keep in touch during the 
coming year! 



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Sweet Briar College 



When a Class Raises 

The Largest 50th Reunion Gift in 

Sweet Briar's History — 

It Is Banner News 



In the 
Sweet 
Briar 
Tradition 




Of banner news for all alumnae is 
a recent decision of the Alumnae 
Fund Committee. The opportunity to 
use a two-part approach in raising 
their class gift is offered as the ex- 
clusive province of 50th Reunion 
classes and all other classes which 
have celebrated a 50th Reunion. 

The classes which accept this 
challenge will blaze a new trail in a 
pioneering effort to raise capital and 
endowment funds. At the same time 
they will try to attract more 
unrestricted dollars for the Alumnae 
Fund than ever before. For all other 



classes — those which have not 
achieved the status of a 50th 
Reunion — Reunion gifts continue to 
mean only those unrestricted gifts 
which are so essential to Sweet 
Briar's academic strength. 

If you would like information 
about a gift which will count toward 
your class gift and will provide in- 
come during your life, please contact 
F. Mark Whittaker, Vice President 
for College Relations, Box G, Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia 
24595 (804/381-6161). 







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Riding Reunion ^^^H 


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Alumnae Council ^^H 


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Winter Forum Lectures 




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Winter Term ends 




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Spring Term begins 




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Prospective student visit (Juniors) 




13-22 




Spring Recess 




April 3 




Friends of Art and Library — Joint Meeting 


April 5-6 




Prospective student visit (accepted applicants) 


5-7 




Alumnae Board Meeting 




21-22 




Ewald Scholars Symposium 




24-25 




Boards of Directors and Overseers Meeting 


Mav 1-3 




Sports Reunion 




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Classes end 




10-14 




Examination period 




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Baccalaureate Service 




17 




Seventy-eighth Commencement 




22-24 




Alumnae Reunion 




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Holiday Greetings 

In this season of remembrance and 
gratitude, I am thankful for your steadfast 
commitment, stewardship and service bestowed 
upon Sweet Briar As we anticipate the 
promise of a new year, I am grateful for the 
many possibilities open to the College as a 
result of your generosity and attentive concern. 

The campus community joins me in 
wishing you and your loved ones a holiday 
season filled with joyful reunions and hopeful 
beginnings. 




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A Bikashwalli from Ahmedebad 

by Cornelia Perkins Zinsser '52 

Return to Russia: Part I 

by Lucy Kreusler Carey '50 

An Appeal for Early Language Training 

by Eduardo A. Peniche 

Sweet Briar Boards Hold Fall Session in 
Williamsburg 

by Catherine Bamett Brown '49 

Compute, Computer, Computerize 

by Judith M. Elkins 

Neigh Reunion '86 

by Keedie Grones '76 

Outstanding Alumnae Awards, 1986 

by Judith Greer Schulz '61 

What the Faculty is Reading 

by Joan and Robin Bowers 

Admissions Guides: Rosam Quae Meruit Ferat 

by Martha Shorter Lanier '85 

Notices 

Update: Facts About Sweet Briar College— 1986-87 

Class Notes 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition 



Alumnae Board. Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. July 1 , 1986-June 30, 1987: Judith Greer Schulz 
'fil. Lynchburg, VA, President: Winnie Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX, First \'ice President & Director of Clubs; Patricia 
Neale Van Clief 72, Lexington. KY. Second Vice President; .\nne Wilson Rovve '.57. Fredericksburg, V.^. Secretaiy: 
Anita Loving Lewis '41. East Berlin, PA, Treasurer (Finance Chairman); Jody Raines Brinklcy '57, Richmond. VA. 
Alumnae Fund Chairman; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58. Grosse Pointe, ML Nominating Chairman; Nathalie Ryan Hoyt 
'72. Houston. TX, Alumnae Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard Grones '45. Virginia Beach. VA. Planned Giving 
Chairman; Sarah M. Bumbaugh '54. Ocean City. NJ. National Bulb Chairman; Karin L. Lawson '74, Alexandria. VA. 
Continuing Education Chairman; Cannie Crysler Shafer '78. Narberth, PA. Financial Aid Chairman; Anne Stelle '78. 
Chicago. IL. Career Planning Chairman. 

Regional Chairmen: Anne Worboys Buske '6L Syracuse, NY; Barbara Sampson Borsch '59. Princeton. NJ; Ellen 
HaiTison Saunders '75, Suffolk, VA; Mary Scales Lawson '70, Greenville. SC; Laura Campbell Walker 'fi8. Miami. 
FL; Sheila Carroll Cooprider 'fi5. O'Fallon. IL; Nancie Howe Entenmann '56. 'Toledo. OH: Deborah Ziegler Hopkins 
'73. New Orieans. LA; Kathryn Pi'othro Yeager '6L Wichita Falls. T.\: Penn Willets Mullm '66. San Rafael. CA, 

Members-at-large: Cecily V. Schulz '85. Charlottesville. VA; Katherine Connors Cassada '86. Charlotte, NC. 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the Alumnae Association and 
elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar: Elizabeth Trueheart Hams '49, Richmond, VA; Anna Chao 
Pai '57, Livingston, NJ; Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, Wilton, CT; E. Elaine Schuster '58. Oklahoma City, OK. 

Ex officio: Mar^- K. Lee McDonald '65. Richmond. V.A. Past President, Alumnae Association: Elizabeth Doucett 
Neill '41. Southern Pines. NC, Box-wood Circle Chainnan, F'und .Agent Chairman; Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon '69. 
Roswell. GA. Golden Stairs Chairman; Virginia Newman Blanchard '60. Madison. NJ. Reunion Gifts Chairman; Claire 
Cannon Christopher '58. Winston-Salem. NC. Reunion Giving Chairman-Elect; Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57. Monroe, 
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Villagers at pond — their source of drinking water. 



A Bikashwalli 

from 
Ahmedebad 

Text by 
Cornelia Perkins Zinsser '52 

Photos by 
Penelope Czarra '75 



Sweet Briar at reunion time 
brings many persons together; 
old friends meet each other 
again with joy, former students and 
faculty members delight in the 
renewal of the special relationships 
they shared. Sometimes we have the 
special joy of meeting and coming to 
know, for those brief days of reunion, 
someone whom we never knew in that 
past which is suddenly all around us. 
I had a wonderful experience of this 
kind last May, one which uniquely con- 
nected the past to both the present and 
the future as I talked to Penny 
Czarra, an outstanding graduate of 
the Class of 1975. Her name is 
known to many of us since it was 
honored by her parents in their 
generous gift of the Penelope Czarra 
Award given annually at Commence- 
ment to the senior "who best com- 
bines scholastic achievement, stu- 
dent leadership, and effective con- 
tributions to the improvement of the 
quality of student life at Sweet Briar 
College." 

As Penny and I sat across from 
each other on rumpled beds in an 
empty Reid double, it was not prizes 
or public achievements that filled my 
mind. It was a person, a vibrant, 
whole person, who although she 
claimed shyness, came across warm- 



ly in the first few moments of our 
conversation. Her words quickly con- 
nected the high school senior who 
was fearful that she might not suc- 
ceed in college with the young 
woman who has spent years abroad 
and fashioned her view of communi- 
ty, wherever she has traveled, on 
what she learned both intellectually 
and personally at Sweet Briar. 

Always an outdoor person who 
loves hiking and the country, Penny 
clicked with Sweet Briar immediate- 
ly when she had a chance to talk 
with Nancy Baldwin '57 at a college 
fair in suburban Washington, D.C. 
Penny told me that a guidance 
counselor (who surely sounds 
heartless) at her high school in 
Bethesda, Maiyland, had said that 
she probably couldn't get into col- 
lege, and so she was amazed that 
the people she met at Sweet Briar, 
people interested in the things which 
she cared about, people like Jane 
Belcher, Elizabeth Sprague and 
Langley Wood, wanted her and 
welcomed her. What a wonderful 
revelation! Here in the early '70s 
Penny acquired the spaceship earth 
concept both from her science 
courses and from the government 
and philosophy courses which she 
took with Milan Hapala and 

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Elizabeth Wentworth. She learned 
about "this fragile earth, our island 
home", about environmental con- 
cerns in that era which was newly 
and highly conscious of the 
ecological problems facing our 
world. She learned about political 
and social concerns, about the 
disasters of hunger and genocide, 
about the painful situations in Biafra 
and Bangladesh. Penny says that she 
learned about what was important, 
and "something about how to go 
after it". The big protests of the '60s 
were prior to her college experience 
and her concerns developed at Sweet 
Briar with more local focus. Prob- 
lems of pollution in the nearby 
James River involved her practically 
when she worked for her sophomore 
summer with several science pro- 
fessors who were doing independent 
testing and measuring. The problem 
of high student turnover involved her 
in a different way as she felt its 
negative effect on the building of 
class spirit. Vice president of her 
freshman class, Penny became 
sophomore class president, a dorm 
president in her junior year and stu- 
dent government president as a 
senior — a job she says that she 
needed to learn how to talk to large 
groups of 'people. (She already knew 
that she could express herself effec- 
tively simply by being herself within 
the college community.) She flour- 
ished in an environment that was 
noncompetitive, that encouraged her 
enjoyment of learning and that 
buoyed her confidence. The sense of 
community which she found at 
Sweet Briar strengthened and sup- 
ported Penny in many ways. When 
she heard it rumored that the Sweet 
Briar Railroad Station was to be 
demolished, she led a group of 
friends to President Whiteman, Mr. 
Daniel and Mr. Kestner, who ar- 
ranged for the removal of the 
building to its current location at the 
far end of campus. She then helped 
to paint the building and ran it as a 
coffee house (especially enjoyed by 
Guion faculty and students), all on a 
volunteer basis. 

It was in Guion, of course, that 
Penny became friends with Professor 
Edwards who says of his former stu- 
dent: "Penny Czarra at Sweet Briar 
in the early 1970s was the right per- 
son in the right place at the right 
time — a young woman who could 
recognize and utilize the special op- 



portunities afforded by two programs 
just then being adopted and im- 
plemented, the Winter Term and the 
Interdisciplinary Major.. .After enroll- 
ing in the innovative (and demand- 
ing) Winter Term course in which 
the students prepared and presented 
talks on conservation to classes in 
several elementary schools in Cen- 
tral Virginia (Elizabeth Sprague in- 
itiated this program), she had the 
foresight and persistence to follow 
the same theme in her junior and 
senior year with an Interdisciplinary 
Major in Human Ecology and an 
Honors Program which included 
writing the first draft of a textbook 
for elementary school teachers of 
conservation." 

Professor Edwards' phrase about 
following the same theme describes 
Penny well. Her concern for human 
beings and her awareness of the fac- 
tors in their environment which so 
influence their lives made her 
human ecology major a fitting 
choice. In Penny's commitment to 
that program, the unified "same 
theme" view of life which marks her 
as a person today, was crystalized 
and became the basis of her later 
career. 

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa 
and magna cum laude with High 
Honors in the major. Penny went to 
Harvard's Graduate School of 
Design. Her intention was "to get 
the tools which would help me to ad- 
vocate for people". Her need for 
specific skills pulled her away from 
the Peace Corps or Vista where she 
might have expressed her idealism, 
and toward an academic program 
which she hoped would enable her 
to implement her ideals. She said 
vehemently, "But instead I found I 
was being trained to be a 
bureaucrat, a person who could ac- 
quire data, hand it on to a policy- 
maker, and forget about it." Penny 
reacted violently to this perversion 
of her aims and found strong sup- 
port within a group of foreign 
students who became her best 
friends. They helped her to realize 
that although she had gi'eat 
idealism, she had no firsthand 
knowledge of the rest of the world. 
They encouraged her to make a 
move on her own; she responded by 
taking a leap which was designed to 
really test her. She parted from 
Cambridge with a leave of absence, 
enough money earned over the sum- 




I'cniu Lzarra (i) w ith Elizabeth Sprague, 
Reunion '85. 

mer for two or three months, and a 
visa to India arranged through the 
Ahmedebad Planning School. She 
found a group doing community 
development work independently, as 
well as a project for the U.N.; it 
agreed to pay her as a research 
assistant in the slums of 
Ahmedebad. Members of the group 
knew English and Penny learned the 
local dialect Gujaraati, which was 
fortunate for her since its similarity 
to Hindi helped her to understand 
Indians from other parts of the 
country and to be understood by 
them. In her year of social work 
with street people, many of whom 
had migrated recently to the city 
from impoverished rural villages. 
Penny says that she learned how 
poor people seek to improve their 
lot, how they make plans to do so, 
and how those plans are often 
thwarted because there is no access 
for them to the resources which 
could effect change. Perhaps the 
most significant thing she learned 
was that she herself was able to help 
the slum dwellers. She saw the poor 
people as clients to whom she was 
accountable. The issue of a proper 
water supply in a location where 
women had to walk many kilometers 
for water was a case in point. The 
street folk knew what they needed 
but they had no clout in a political 
situation where the local authorities. 



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Slum children: very mischievous, hard-working, friendly. 




Villagers getting goat milk for tea. 



hoping to remove the slum area, 
were content to let their need for 
water drive the slum dwellers away. 
Penny proved herself an effective ad- 
vocate for the victims in such situa- 
tions and came to recognize the im- 
portance of professional status in 
negotiations which could lead to 
solutions. Thus her first year in 
India was a turning point for Penny, 
who had expected to become a 
polic^^ -maker but who found that get- 
ting the work done as a professional, 
implementing policy at the local 
level with technical, business, 
political and ordinary people was the 
right job for her in that place. 

When Penny and I came to this 
point in our conversation she began 
to talk about Indian culture and how 
it had affected her. She used a lovely 
phrase to describe the environment. 
"It's a personable culture," she said, 
where she could feel close to people 
despite barriers of which she was 
very aware at the beginning of her 
stay. She described the difficulty of 
working with people for whom team- 
work is an alien concept because of 
the perceived inequality of persons 
arising from the caste system. 
Another difficult area was the 
ambiguity which she found in her 
colleagues' view of Westerners. On 
the one hand there was a kind of 
nationalistic resentment of foreigners 
and suspicions about their "do- 
gooding," existing side by side with 
frank admiration of the accom- 
plishments of the modern West, and 
a sense that it is quite simply better. 
In viewing herself objectively within 
this context, Penny felt the need for 
particular skills and professional 
status, in addition to the invaluable 
practical experience which a year in 
India had given her. She left 
Ahmedebad and returned to Harvard 
to complete her work for the 
Masters in City and Regional Plan- 
ning, receiving her degi'ee in 1978. 
Her additional courses in agricultural 
and developmental economics, public 
health and international politics gave 
her a specialization in developing 
countries upon which she has con- 
tinued to build her professional 
reputation. 

After receiving her graduate 
degree Penny returned to join the 
Ahmedebad Study Action Group 
where, paid as an Indian profes- 
sional, she felt she was in a better 
position to implement what was im- 

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portant to her, to be an effective 
advocate, and to be accountable to 
the Indians. She became assistant 
director of this professional group of 
engineers, architects, planners and 
social scientists working on both 
village and slum development pro- 
grams. For two years Penny was in- 
volved with projects which included 
establishing small businesses and 
cottage industries, constructing low 
income housing, providing communi- 
ty health services and veterinary 
clinics, improving agricultural pro- 
duction and marketing outlets and 
installing drinking water supply 
systems. 

Although this work provided many 
needed resources and services to im- 
poverished communities. Penny 
believed that she was still not pro- 
fessionally accountable to the com- 
munities she was intent upon serv- 
ing. After all, she reflected, the deci- 
sion to make an intervention, to 
solve a particular problem in a 
specific way, was still being made by 
outsiders rather than by the com- 
munities themselves. Consequently, 
Penny joined a group of poor 
villagers and some like-minded 
Indian professionals which formed 
an organization called "UTTHAN," 
which means "to rise up". Penny 



was quick to point out the impor- 
tance of the name: not that develop- 
ment was undertaken on behalf of 
the villagers by some well-meaning 
elites, but that UTTHAN was to 
facilitate and support villagers in 
implementing their own plans to 
solve their own problems. 

UTTHAN's work was concen- 
trated in the Bhal region of Gujarat 
State where more than half the land 
is uncultivatable, saline waste and 
where there is no natural source of 
potable water. "Bhal," Penny related, 
"means 'forehead'.. .where, as 
villagers say, nothing grows." 
Because of the severe environmental 
conditions and a cruel feudal social 
system, 85% of the people in this 
area live below the level of extreme 
poverty. Since the land cannot pro- 
vide sustenance most families work 
as migrant farm laborers in other 
parts of the state for eight months of 
the year. As a result the people real- 
ly don't belong anywhere, and health 
and education services which most 
citizens take for granted have re- 
mained beyond their reach because 
they have to work so hard just to eat. 

UTTHAN found creative solutions 
to some severe problems in the 
course of its work and Penny is "tru- 
ly amazed at what can be ac- 



complished when all those concerned 
work together as equal partners. 
Scientists introduce new plant 
varieties which are salt and drought 
tolerant to villagers, who share with 
scientists their expertise on how to 
cultivate desert lands to conserve 
moisture. In this way problems 
which have plagued the area for 
generations are being solved. For in- 
stance, a solution which no 'expert' 
had been able to discover has been 
found to supply drinking water. 
Ponds which collect the monsoon 
rains are now lined with plastic to 
prevent seepage, and natural oils 
from plants are spread on the sur- 
face of the water to reduce evapora- 
tion. Villagers organize all the con- 
struction work and the systems for 
keeping the precious water clean. 
This never would have been possible 
if the villagers had not been equal 
partners!" 

Living with these people facilitated 
Penny's adoption of different living 
standards; she found herself able to 
do without many material posses- 
sions. Not a convinced vegetarian, 
she ate meat rarely, both for 
economic reasons and out of concern 
for the attitude of her Indian friends 
whose respect she valued so much. 
She learned to walk everywhere, to 




Plowing wasteland with bullock. 

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\illage woman clearing the front yard after breakfast. 



be at home on the street, talking to 
people as she "could never do in 
Washington where people would 
think I was bananas". These habits 
of life, as well as her Indian clothing 
— not saris but a long tunic (kurta) 
over tapered trousers (chudidhar) — 
became standard for Penny in five 
consecutive years of work with the 
very poor in rural villages. She con- 
veys with great conviction that the 
aim of her work with these people was 
to support their organization, and 
reiterated that the villagers were her 
boss, although they couldn't pay her. 

Penny returned to the United 
States in December 1983 to work for 
A.T.I. (Appropriate Technology Inter- 
national) in Washington as an opera- 
tions representative. The following 
year she was named a Loeb Fellow 
in Advanced Environmental Studies 
at the Harvard Graduate School of 
Design. The letter announcing 
Penny's fellowship described her job 
at A.T.I, as work "with rural 
development organizations in India, 
Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia" 
and said that she "would spend her 
year at Harvard in creating land-use 
techniques for nonexperts in 
developing countries." Since the 
Loeb Fellowship is designed for pro- 
fessionals pursuing independent 
study while maintaining outside pro- 
fessional commitments. Penny's year, 
rather than being spent quietly at 
Harvard, was a merry-go-round of 
two-month stints in Cambridge, 
Washington and Asia. She was the 
youngest of the Loeb Fellows and 
one of two women in a group of 12 
selected from intense international 
competition. 



Concluding her fellowship in 
December '85, Penny remained with 
A.T.I, as a project officer for a few 
months, but working at the level of 
an operations representative seemed 
too far removed from the needs of 
the people in developing countries 
which she knew so well. Penny feels 
very strongly that both agencies and 
individuals must be more responsive 
to specific needs in developing coun- 
tries. She wanted to be involved at a 
pragmatic level, to "work in her own 
village", an expression she borrowed 
from her Indian co-workers. Believ- 
ing that we in the LInited States 
ignore the currents in developing na- 
tions at our peril, she sees public 
education as a high priority and 
feels that the media should be used 
to expose Americans to people of 
the non-Western world and to dif- 
ferent ways of thinking about life. 

Deciding that "good intentions and 
commitment are not enough," Penny 
opted to "go it alone" as of June 
30th. She is in the process of begin- 
ning her own firm (called Global 
View) based in Washington. She 
hopes to continue her work in South 
Asia (mostly India and Nepal) while 
also "exploring the possibility of in- 
itiating global education activities 
here in the LI.S". She explains in a 
letter following her reunion visit: 
"The approach I will be exploring 
first is broadcasting international 
news over cable TV. Should it prove 
to be a practical approach, I would 
intend for this effort to increase in- 
ternational understanding and world 
peace. This, I believe, is a necessary 
adjunct/complement to direct work 
in the villages of the world. Sort of 



addressing both sides of the same 
coin. I am quite excited about the 
possibilities.. .while realizing that the 
effects will be a long time in the 
making." 

Penny's deep loyalty to her college 
lies partly in her awareness that she 
received a gift from Sweet Briar 
which was a sense of membership in 
a community, and that the College 
helped her to learn that the ex- 
perience of community is one 
"where you don't just take, but you 
give back as well". The knowledge 
that Penny has carried that gift and 
that lesson halfway around the world 
in her work is indeed rewarding and 
fulfilling for her, and for her Sweet 
Briar sisters. 

When I asked Penny what her 
Indian colleagues call her, she said: 
"Bikashwalli — the feminine of the 
word for 'development fellow' — not 
in the academic sense, but 'develop- 
ment chap', or guy, or what have 
you." Then she said, "The Indian 
meaning is really 'enlightenment 
fellow', " and I felt that this conclud- 
ed appropriately my reunion chat 
with a Sweet Briar woman who truly 
is an "enlightenment fellow." D 



A frequent contributor to the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Magazine and 
faithful member of the magazine's 
editorial committee. "Neela" Zinsser 
is Arts Management Coordinator and 
manager of The Babcock Season at 
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Return to 

RUSSIA 



PARTI 

Text and photos by 
Lucy Kreusler Carey '50 




My family and I lived in 
various sections of the 
Soviet Union from 1939 
until 1946, although we had never 
planned to settle in Russia nor even 
visit there. The tragic events of 
World War II forced us to leave our 
home in Wloclawek', Poland and 
move to the eastern part of the coun- 
try. During the early days of the war 
Eastern Poland was occupied by the 
Soviet Army. 

My father was principal of a 
private high school, my mother a 
teacher. The Nazi armies entered 
Wloclawek on September 16, 1939; 
about five weeks later the German 
Gestapo decided to deport all male 
teachers to a concentration camp in 
Germany. My parents and I man- 
aged to leave town minutes before 
the Nazi soldiers came to arrest my 
father. Traveling by side roads in 
rented carriages, we soon reached 
Warsaw, where we rented a car and 
drove eastward. 

East was the only direction we 
could take as German troops were 
on all other sides. The night of 
November 5 we crossed the border 
into the Soviet Zone, hoping to reach 
Stanislav^ in southeastern Poland, 
my father's birthplace and the home 
of his parents. 

'Pronounced Votslavek; 80 miles northwest of 

Warsaw. 

^Stanislav. annexed by USSR at the end of 

WWII, is now called Ivano-Frankovsk. 



St. Basil's Luthcdral, Moscow. 

Once on the Soviet side our lives 
were no longer in danger. Undis- 
turbed by the Soviet Army, we 
boarded a train to Stanislav and 
aiTived safely at my grandparents' 
home. Life assumed a semblance of 
normalcy: I started the fourth grade, 
my parents found teaching jobs. In 
comparison to the Nazis, the Soviet 
occupation forces were benevolent. 
The Soviet soldiers were friendly 
young men, fond of children and 
careful not to offend the local 
population. 

Our relatively peaceful existence 
was disturbed once again by the 
German invasion of Russia on June 
22, 1941. Seven days later my 
parents and I were evacuated farther 
east into Russia. My grandparents 
refused to leave their home. We did 
not know if we would ever return 
from the Soviet Union but the most 
important thing was to get away 
from the Germans — everything else 
was irrelevant. Our trip ended in 
Stalingrad. We remained there 13 
months. In August 1942 the Nazi 
armies were within striking distance 
of our haven: we moved again. 

After crossing the Volga River our 
train went north to pick up the 
Trans-Siberian route. Eventually we 
moved southward, arriving in 
Frunze, the capital of the Soviet 
Kirghiz Republic in Central Asia. 

The area known as Central Asia is 
bounded on the north and east by 



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Members of the tour at the Trans- 
Siberian Railroad. 



Siberia, the Caspian Sea is its 
western boundary while to the south 
are Iran, Afghanistan and China. 
Frunze is near China, an area in- 
cluding high mountains, lush green 
valleys and deserts. We liked Central 
Asia for its scenery, warm climate, 
dry air and subtropical vegetation. 
We remained there for four years. 

Making many friends in Frunze, I 
began to look upon it as my adopted 
home town. I finished high school in 
May 1946 at age 16 and was mak- 
ing plans to enter college. My 
parents were busy with teaching 
careers; Mother taught elementary 
school. Father was head of the 
English Department at Frunze State 
Teacher's College. 

At the end of World War II the 
Soviet government announced that 
Poles living in Russia could return to 
Poland. My parents (and most Poles 
living in Frunze) were anxious to 
return to their homeland, although 
we had no one left there. My 
mother's family was murdered by 
the Nazis, my father's parents died 
during the German occupation. I did 
not want to leave Frunze. 

I knew that Russia was not a free 
country. One could not live there and 
be unaware of censorship of personal 
mail, press and anything written for 
the public. Several of my teachers 
were political exiles and they could 
not leave Frunze. From them I heard 
horror stories about political prison 
camps. 

Finally my parents persuaded me 
that it was best to leave the Soviet 
Union; reluctantly I parted with 
friends and boarded a train for the 
long journey to Poland. 

We settled in Wroclaw^ on the 
western edge. There I started col- 
lege in the fall of 1946. I wrote to 
my friends in Frunze several times 
but never received a reply. I am sure 
my letters never reached them. 

Poland was to be only a temporary 
stop in our travels. Our country 
clearly was becoming part of the 
Soviet Bloc. My parents were deter- 
mined to emigrate West. My 
mother's sister, who had lived in 
New York since 1920, helped us to 
obtain American visas. In August 
1947 we sailed for New York. 

After a difficult year there we 
moved to Sweet Briar where mv 



^Pronounced Vrotslav, formerly known as 
Breslau. 



father was to teach Russian. I was 
accepted by the College as a junior, 
granted credit for a year of college 
in Poland and some courses I took in 
Frunze High School. 

I spent two happy years at Sweet 
Briar; as a foreign student I received 
a great deal of support from the 
students and faculty and my Sweet 
Briar friends loved to hear about life 
in Russia. A Soviet-made documen- 
tary was shown at the College in the 
spring of 1949 — every seat in the 
auditorium was filled. I introduced 
the film in English and said a few 
words in Russian as many people 
wanted to hear the sound of the 
language. 

After graduation I did graduate 
work and became a social worker. I 
have kept up with Russian through 
volunteer work with the Center for 
International Visitors, contact with 
Russian immigrants and by reading 
Russian books. 

I had wanted to go back to Russia 
for a visit since the early 1960s but 
somehow the time was not right 
until in April 1985 Pat Owen, a 
longtime friend, called my attention 
to a brochure describing an exten- 
sive tour of USSR. The tour started 
in Moscow, moved to Siberia via the 
Trans-Siberian Railroad, east to 
Khabarovsk, west to Central Asia 
and back to Moscow. Once I heard 
Central Asia was part of the trip, I 
was determined to go. 

n On Russian Soil Again 

Pat and I reach Moscow 
September 12, 1985: I am overcome 
with joy when I hear a Russian 
voice announce our arrival at the 
Sheremetyevo airport. My happy 
mood soon changes to frustration. A 
stem-looking young man at the 
checkpoint stares at my passport 
picture; he does not think I look like 
my picture. I tell him in Russian 
that American passport pictures are 
not very flattering. "Where did you 
learn Russian?" he asks abruptly. 
Briefly, I tell him that I spent seven 
years in the USSR and finished 
school there. After more staring the 
young clerk lets me go. Customs is 
no problem; a smiling clerk barely 
looks at my luggage and I move on. 

By now we should have been met 
by an Intourist guide. No guide is 
waiting for us. All travel ar- 
rangements within Russia and hotel 
bookings are made by the Intourist 



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Agency — an arriving tourist is told 
where he is to stay, he does not 
know ahead of time. Pat, three other 
Americans and I must find our way 
to the Intourist Office. 

I decide to get the necessary informa- 
tion while the others wait. The Intourist 
Office turns out to be three desks 
presided over by three women with con- 
stantly ringing telephones and a mob of 
tourists milling around. Fortunately I 
manage to get the attention of a stout, 
dark-haired woman with her hair 
pulled back in a ponytail; I give her 
my name and flight number. She is 
relieved that I found her on my own. 
We are booked into the Cosmos 
Hotel. The lady is short of inter- 
preters but will arrange transporta- 
tion. We do not really need an inter- 
preter; I will interpret. Within about 
10 minutes I am introduced to two 
Intourist drivers: Zhenia and Senia. 

Pat and I go with Zhenia, who speeds 
along busy Moscow streets, weaving in 
and out of lanes. We ask him to be more 
careful but he insists that he is a good 
driver. At the age of 40, after 20 years 
of driving, he has not had an accident. 
(I was to learn that Soviet men are very 
quick to reveal their ages.) 

We manage to arrive at the Cosmos 
unhurt. Cosmos, a new hotel, was 
built in 1980 for the Moscow Olym- 
pics. Zhenia helps us with registra- 
tion. One is not expected to tip In- 
tourist drivers but I want to do 
something nice for Zhenia. I hand 
him an American ballpoint pen, 
which he seems to like. 

Our room on the 12th floor, overlook- 
ing a large avenue called Prospect Mira, 
is comfortably furnished. Across the 
street is the Museum of Economic 
Achievement with a red neon sign 
proclaiming glory to the working 
people. The window drapes do not 
close at the top. The television set 
works sporadically. There are towels 
of all different colors in the 
bathroom and the toilet paper is 
rough and shocking pink. 

I decide to look for a place to eat 
— tonight we have to make our own 
arrangements. Finding a restaurant 
turns out to be no easy matter. 
There are two at the hotel but they 
serve only tours, not individuals. A 
cafeteria open to everyone closed at 
7:00 p.m. There is no coffee shop, 
no snack bar, not even a little shop 
with candy bars. I go the "hard cur- 
rency" bar (only Western money 
accepted). The bartender offers me 

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two sandwiches and fixes a vodka 
tonic for me. He asks if I had a 
good day; I tell him that Moscow did 
not exactly roll out a welcome mat. 
He assures me that tomorrow will be 
better because our guide will make all 
the arrangements and suggests that I 
look at the bulletin board near the main 
desk for a note from our guide. Sud- 
denly I feel very tired. The 
bartender looks at me intently and 
says, "You are Russian, I know, and 
you have been away for a long time." 
I tell him, "Is almost right. " 

On the bulletin board is a hand- 
written note in English addressed to 
our tour from a guide named Irina. 
The next morning at 8:30 our tour 
group of 28 Americans and Cana- 
dians gathers in the lobby to meet 
Irina, who will stay with us for the 
entire tour She is a tall, dark-haired 
young woman, wearing a heavy 
brown coat and rubber boots. Her 
British-accented English is flawless. 

Moscow is a large sprawling 
metropolis with a population of eight 
million. The streets are wide and 
clean. There are many parks in the 
city; their lawns are obviously cut 
but not edged and there are few 
flowers. The Soviet capital is drab. 
Its numerous gray high-rise apart- 
ment buildings look alike. The stores 
look dull with their meager displays. 
Clothing stores and fashion houses 
show one dress per window. Food 
store windows are empty. Lines are 
visible inside bakeries, fruit and 
vegetable and dairy stores. 

An old section of Moscow, called 
Arbat, stands out from the rest of the 
city, its renovated houses and commer- 
cial buildings pastel-colored and each 
having a distinct look. Arbat is reminis- 
cent of Georgetown. Homes of Russian 
writers Tolstoy and Pushkin have been 
restored and turned into museums. 

Our longest stop is at Red Square. 
The 400-yard-long area is bounded 
on the west by the Kremlin, on the 
east by Moscow's largest department 
store, called GUM*, on the north by 
the Historical Museum and on the 
southern end by the magnificent St. 
Basil's Cathedral. This imposing 
structure is now a museum. Built in 
the 16th century by Ivan IV (the 
Terrible), it consists of the central 
church surrounded by eight chapels. 
The church and chapels have their 



^An acronym, pronounced Gooiii, meaning 
state department store 




Our guide, Irina. 




Lucy and a friend from Toronto aboard Trans-Siberian Express. 



own towers and are built from a com- 
mon foundation. Each tower is painted 
a different color. St. Basil's looks like 
a fairy-tale castle and must be the most 
photographed building in Russia. 

The Kremlin, formerly a royal palace, 
is the seat of the Soviet government. It 
is enclosed behind a red brick wall 
constructed in the 15th century. In 
front of the wall is Lenin's 
mausoleum. There is always a crowd 
of tourists waiting in line to glimpse 
Lenin's embalmed body; it takes at 
least an hour to go through the line. 

The Historical Museum, a red brick 
building with white towers, is about 100 
years old and is closed for renovations. 
The GUM is a very large structure 
with no distinguishing features on 
the outside. Irina says that GUM is 
just a working store, nothing 
remarkable to be found there. 

On the morning of departure for 
Siberia our hotel maid appears to ask 
us to do her the favor of buying her 
some chocolate and cherry vodka at the 
Beriozka shop on the first floor. 
Beriozkas are stores for foreign visitors, 
accepting only hard cuiTency. The lady 

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offers to pay us in roubles, but we 
want no money and tell her that 
whatever we get for her will be her 
tip. She is overjoyed, soon reappear- 
ing with tea and cookies for us. Her 
name is Varia. She tells of her 
frustration with empty shelves and 
lines in Moscow stores. The short- 
age of consumer goods is hard to 
bear for an Intourist hotel employee 
who comes in contact with well- 
dressed, prosperous tourists. 

Boarding the Trans-Siberian 
Express, our destination is Irkutsk 
where we will stay for two days and 
then go to Khabarovsk. Our tour 
takes most of the first railroad car — 
we fill seven compartments, four 
persons to a compartment. The 
arrangements are definitely coed. 
Pat and I share a compartment with 
two other women; most everyone 
else is in mixed company. The last 
two compartments are filled with 
Soviet passengers. Irina ends up 
with three men in one of these. 

In addition to the passengers, two 
young crewmen, Sergei and Sasha, 
who have their own tiny quarters. 



travel with us. They clean after a 
fashion, heat the coal stove at night 
and make tea in a samovar. 

We soon discover with horror that 
there are no bathing facilities on our 
train. Two tiny lavatories equipped 
with cold water are at each end of the 
compartment. Neither lavatory is clean. 
There are no hand towels and no toilet 
paper. Within an hour of our departure 
from Moscow several American pas- 
sengers ask me, "How do you say toilet 
paper in Russian?" Sasha soon catches 
on and asks me to tell my friends that 
he will get toilet paper at the next stop. 
He does, but the supply of this 
essential commodity remains uncer- 
tain for the rest of the trip. 

We take all our meals aboard. The 
dining car is clean, tables covered by 
linen tablecloths. We are given small 
paper napkins — there is a shortage 
of paper in Russia. Our meals are 
simple but well prepared. Our two 
waitresses are very pleasant. One of 
them, a short, stout, dark-haired woman 
named Taisia becomes everybody's 
favorite. She knows no English but soon 
discovers what everyone likes and tries 
to please them. 

Making few stops, our train moves 
at 60 mph. I watch the typical Rus- 
sian landscape of flat country with 
endless vistas of birch trees. 
Everything is still deep green. We 
pass little railroad stations with 
dilapidated buildings, villages with 
unpainted wooden houses and 
unpaved streets: little has changed 
in rural Russia in 40 years. As in 
Moscow, political slogans are seen 
on billboards and banners near 
various settlements. Lenin's image 
looks at me from posters on walls of 
railroad buildings. The slogans pro- 
claim glory to Communism and 
Soviet workers and peace to the 
world. Forty years ago, Lenin's pic- 
tures were few, Stalin's picture was 
everywhere. References to peace are 
a recent development, the other 
slogans are not. Stalin is a forgotten 
man; no one mentions his successors 
either. Gorbachev's picture is 
nowhere to be found. 

By the second day we begin to 
adjust to the train's primitive condi- 
tions. Men stop shaving. We wear 
most of the same clothes. We wash 
as best we can and use a lot of 
deodorant. I notice that the Soviet 
passengers avoid the dining car; they 
travel with bundles of food and fix 
their own meals. During infrequent 

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stops they rush to the station to 
replenish their food supply. The 
Soviets do not travel with pretty lug- 
gage, they cany boxes and bags. If a 
Soviet passenger carries a suitcase it 
is beat up or tied with rope. 

Gradually we get acquainted with 
Soviet passengers. First I meet a 
blond five-year-old boy named Vadik. 
I treat him to a piece of chewing 
gum; he brings me a bunch of Cri- 
mean grapes. Next I meet his grand- 
mother, Vera, with whom he travels. 
Vera presents her roommate, Tania, 
a Moscow secretary. Both are going 
to Novosibirsk. Tania and Vera ask 
why I left Russia; they are not 
hostile, just curious. I tell them that 
I returned to my native Poland with 
my parents and later emigi^ated to 
the U.S. to be reunited with my aunt 
and her family. Once these women 
learn that I was only 16 years old at 
the time of our departure from 
Frunze, they do not hold it against 
me. I get a distinct feeling they are 
critical of those who leave USSR. 

The American tourists, except for 
one, do not speak Russian, but they 
manage to communicate with the 
Soviet passengers anyway. They 
laugh, they use gestures, they share 
food, cigarettes and drink. Several 
women play with Vadik — he takes 
a real fancy to a young woman from 
Chicago. As the Soviet passengers 
get off the train they hug and kiss 
the American tourists with whom 
they became friendly. Throughout 
the trip a bond between Americans 
and Russians develops. It occurs to 
me that Russians and Americans 
have similar temperaments — both 
are friendly, informal and outgoing. 

One evening Sergei introduces me 
to a Russian named Volodia. At first 
I am put off by this man's 
appearance. He is of medium height, 
with dark hair and complexion and a 
silver front tooth. I quickly learn 
that he is soft-spoken, charming and 
quite intelligent. As I did, he spent 
the war years in Central Asia. Volodia 
is 50, married and father of five grown 
children. He lives on a remote Kam- 
chatka Peninsula^, working as a bus 
driver. Volodia is on his way to visit his 
sister in Zima near Irkutsk. 

I answer Volodia's questions about 
availability of food, clothing and 
housing in the U.S. Such questions 

^Located in the northeastern corner of USSR 
across the Bering Sea from Alaska. 



are easily answered, but I feel most 
Soviets do not fully understand the 
answers. They have lived with inade- 
quate supplies of consumer goods for 
so long that they cannot imagine life 
in a land of plenty. 

Conversation with Volodia shifts to 
travel. He would like to visit the U.S. 
and Canada. Alaska interests him 
greatly because of proximity to 
Kamchatka. He thinks foreign travel 
may become a reality for Soviet citizens 
under Gorbachev's leadership. Long 
distance travel within the Soviet Union 
is not simple; one must make plans 
ahead of time. It is much easier to get 
train or plane reservations with a docu- 
ment from one's employer, professional 
union or a doctor stating the purpose 
of the trip. The purpose may be recrea- 
tional but a document should be ob- 
tained. It soon becomes obvious to me 
that Volodia has no proper travel papers 
and was able to board our train by mak- 
ing a deal with Sergei. Several other 
Soviet passengers made similar deals. 

Toward the end of the trip across 
Siberia, Volodia relates an incident 
from his family's past which brings 
tears to our eyes and bitter 
memories of life under Stalin's rule. 
Volodia's father, now in his 70s, 
served in the Soviet Army during 
WWII. Like thousands of Soviet 
soldiers, he was captured by the 
Nazis and sent to a camp in Ger- 
many. After the war, the ex-prisoner 
of war was reunited with his family. 
The joy was short-lived. After a few 
months Volodia's father was arrested 
and imprisoned for "letting himself 
be captured" by the enemy. It was 
not until after Stalin's death in 1953 
that the poor man was freed. 

In spite of sad experiences, my 
new friend is proud of his country. 
He points out that there is no 
unemployment in the Soviet Union 
and that education and medical care 
are free. Volodia accepts this system. 
He thinks Gorbachev is a good man 
and that under his leadership life 
will improve. I am sorry to say good- 
bye as he gets off in Zima. 

We get off soon too. Irina says we 
will fly to Khabarovsk due to a sud- 
den change in plans. Few people are 
upset about that — three days on 
this train are quite enough. D 



Lucy Cany is Public Assistant Policy 
Specialist for the Maryland State 
Department of Hitman Resources. She 
entered Sweet Briar in the fall of 
1948 and notes that she is "probably 
the only Sweet Briar graduate of a 
Soviet secondary school." Her father, 
the late Dr Abraham Kreusler. taught 
Russian at SBC from 1948 through 
1952. In September. 1985. she 
returned "as an American tourist to 
the country where I grew up and 
where my father was born. Since I 
speak Russian fluently. I was able to 
communicate with people from all 
walks of life in their own language. It 
was a great learning experience." 



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Editor's note: Mrs. Cary's Return 
to Russia will be concluded in the 
next issue. 



Alumnae Magazine 



11 



An 
Appeal 

For Early Language 
Training 

A Position Paper 
By 

Eduardo A. Peniche 

Visiting Assistant 

Professor of Modern 

Languages 



Of all peoples, we Americans 
ought to be the greatest linguists on 
earth. There are many convincing 
factors which point to that potentiali- 
ty. For one thing, we are a nation of 
multiple ethnic and cultural 
backgrounds, a nation with extensive 
involvement — diplomatic, economic 
and military — in practically every 
corner of the world. Furthermore, it 
should not be too great a task for 
Americans to acquire a second 
language because they already speak 
one of the most difficult and most 
flexible languages of all: English. 
Yet, despite this rich cultural 
background and international in- 
volvement, when it comes to foreign 
languages and an understanding of 
world affairs and other cultures, our 
"incompetence ... is nothing short 
of scandalous, and it is becoming 
worse." That is the opinion of the 
President's Commission of Foreign 
Languages and International Studies 
which in the fall of 1979 submitted the 
findings and recommendations it had 
developed during a year's "intensive 
evaluation of the state of foreign 
language and international studies and 
their impact on the nation's internal and 
external strength." The report con- 
cluded that "nothing less is at issue 
than the nation's security." 

During the course of its in-depth 
study, the commission discovered 
that U.S. military as well as civilian 
agencies of the federal government 
face critical shortages of personnel 
qualified in key foreign languages 
such as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (the 
language of Iran), Korean, Polish, 
Russian, etc. The study, according to 
an ELS (Educational Language Ser- 
vice) Educational Media report, 
revealed Pentagon figures showing 
that 75.3 percent of the Army jobs 
requiring essential foreign language 
skills were filled. Somewhat similar 
percentages were given for the Navy 
and the Air Force. The Marine 
Corps, which has the lowest number 
of linguistic jobs required (despite 
the fact that a large number of our 
Marine units are part of the U.S. 
mobile strategic forces), also had the 
lowest percentage of jobs being filled 
— 66.3 percent. The Richmond 
Times-Dispatch of January L 1981 
commented on this in greater detail. 

There is, however, one other im- 
portant issue concerning a second 
language acquisition about which I 
have little doubt. That is that we 



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Americans are missing a great op- 
portunity by not teaching our 
children a second language in the 
lower grades in school when they 
can learn it easily and enjoy learning 
it. 

In contrast to the schools in most 
European countries where a second 
and often a third language is stan- 
dard in the early schools, we, in our 
American provincialism, ignore the 
matter altogether. Then we some- 
what hastily try to make it up by 
teaching foreign language in the 
secondary school after the opportuni- 
ty has passed; the capacity for 
language learning atrophies quickly 
after age 12. By the time we reach 
high school, language learning is 
usually an unwelcome and difficult 
task undertaken and accomplished 
only as an arduous and odious labor, 
if at all. Thus is our provincialism 
enhanced, and our attitudes toward 
foreign peoples, including foreign na- 
tionals who come to our shores, and 
their cultures are for the most part 
very negative. This in turn gives us 
an image, as undeserving as it may 
be, of being arrogant. 

I am not advocating, of course, the 
training of expert linguists; that 
would be impractical and costly. 
Drawing from my own experience in 
the Defense Language Institute in 
Monterey, California, I am convinced 
that language specialization can be 
best accomplished under such inten- 
sive programs as offered by the DLI 
and the EST (Foreign Sen'ice In- 
stitute). For instance, when I 
reported for Vietnamese language 
training at DLI, the class was 
limited to 12 students, yet we had 
five native speakers teaching the 
various class sessions. The classes 
were scheduled to last 47 weeks of 
six-hour class periods every day, five 
days a week. The day before our 
classes began we went to the school 
book store to get our "equipment". 
We were issued a record player and 
records (I understand that now they 
use cassette players), a Vietnamese- 
English paperback dictionary and a 
booklet about Indochina; everything 
but textbooks. The books were 
issued later. During the first two 
weeks of instruction we learned the 
sounds of the Vietnamese language 
— not what it looked like. 

Our lessons were on the records 
and in our texts. We had to 
memorize the dialogues and interact 

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in class. As the course progressed 
under the rigorous schedule of six- 
hour sessions every day plus three to 
four hours of homework every night, 
we began to immerse in Vietnamese. 
We studied the language, the history, 
the customs, cuisine and traditions 
of the Vietnamese people. We were 
tested every four weeks (oral exams). 
Scores were based on accuracy and 
use of the language. The method 
worked and when I airived in Viet- 
nam I was able to carry out my 
work in military intelligence col- 
laborating closely with our Viet- 
namese counterparts. Not only did I 
understand the language but I 
understood the people. My training, 
I was told upon graduation, cost the 
taxpayers around $15,000 for that 
one year (January-December 1958). 

For obvious reasons, such 
language training as described above 
would be prohibitive for any school 
system. However, there should be no 
question about the fact that our 
children could learn any language 
without much difficulty provided 
that we started teaching them at the 
early stages of their formal educa- 
tion. Young children under the age 
of 12 learn new languages with 
great rapidity and facility; they not 
only internalize the grammar of the 
new language swiftly and correctly 
but they are able to do so without 
the need of "mental translation," a 
definite handicap in language learn- 
ing. They also learn to operate their 
"transcription" mechanisms from 
one language to another much more 
easily than do older persons. 

The reason for studying any 
language, whether it is a modern or 
an ancient language, should be that 
it broadens the student's education 
and strengthens her/his own cultural 
background. It gives the student a 
"whole new way of looking at the 
world". Therefore, if our students 
were to start with Latin, let's say in 
the 6th or 7th grade, this not only 
would build their English vocabulary 
but would permit them to develop 
the grammar skills which will 
prepare them for further language 
acquisition as they move into the 
secondary levels of education where 
they may be able to choose from a 
number of modern foreign 
languages. 

In summary, the learning of 
foreign languages should be an en- 
joyable worthwhile experience for 

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our students. At the same time they 
must be induced to realize that their 
linguistic skills will be indeed 
valuable for the rest of their lives as 
educated members of the society. 
However, to be effective, Americans 
must begin their language studies at 
a tender age. Not necessarily 
because they may eventually become 
diplomats, or international 
businessmen, or translators, or even 
world travelers, but because in the 
interdependent world of today 
English can't be imposed as the sole 
means of communication on earth. 
June K. Phillips, editor of the 
ACTFL (American Counsel of 
Teachers of Foreign Languages) 
Language Education Series alluded 
to this fact when she said: 
"Linguistically, interdependence 
stresses the give-and-take of real 
communication. Foreign language 
learning is a vital connection in the 
interdependent relationships of the 
next century, since true interaction 
can occur only when each communi- 
ty experiences the language and 
lifestyle of the other, where no 
group achieves dominance by impos- 
ing its language structure on the 
other." 

Moreover, in this age when big 
and small countries are very na- 
tionalistic, the United States could 
hardly foster global goodwill and 
understanding if we persist with our 
monolingual tendencies. D 




Eduardo A. Peniche recently was ap- 
pointed to the Governor's Advisory 
Board on Virginia 's International 
Education and in addition has been 
named "Volunteer of the Year," receiv- 
ing a certificate of appreciation signed 
by Jeanne Baliles. wife of the gover- 
nor. Instrumental in establishing the 
Piedmont Foreign Language 
Educators Alliance, he has given 
numerous presentations to elementary 
and secondary school students pro- 
moting cross-cultural understanding. 



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Sweet Briar Boards 
Hold Fall Session in 
Williamsburg 

By Catherine Barnett Brown '49 




Belle Air Plantation, home of Meri Hodges Major '54. 



Editor's note: Ex-cditors of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine 
never rest. We've put "Bunny" Brown 
right baek to work! 

What's ahead for Sweet Briar as 
we approach the 21st century? 

Trends of the future and 
demographic indications will be the 
subject of intensive study by the 
members of Sweet Briar's Boards of 
Directors and Overseers for the next 
year. 

Meeting in Williamsburg 
September 25-27 for two days of 
nonstop discussions, the board 
members were joined by represen- 
tatives of the faculty, administration, 
students and parents. At the special 
request of President Nenah Fry, this 
group will devote a full year to study 
how best to direct the College dur- 
ing the years to come. 

Committees have been formed. Dr. 



Mai'vin Perry will chair the planning 
committee for the academic pro- 
gram; Kay Prothro Yeager '61 is 
chairman for co-curriculum; Peggy 
Sheffield Martin '48 will lead a com- 
mittee to study enrollment; Mr. 
Philip Sellers will head the facilities 
committee; and Mr. Walter H. 
Brown is chairman of the finance 
committee. 

During the Williamsburg conven- 
tion Dr. Harold L. Hodgkinson, a 
demographic expert and Senior 
Fellow of the American Council on 
Education addressed the group on 
"Forecasting the Future". 

Steering Committee Chairman 
Allison Stemmons Simon '63 later 
introduced planning specialist Bar- 
bara Snelling, who spoke on 
methods of analysis and planning for 
the future. 

Other speakers at the meeting 



included Pamela Whittaker (Mrs. 
Mark Whittaker) on women's college 
trends; Alice Love on enrollment: 
market analysis; Thomas Connors on 
facilities, critical issues and unmet 
space needs; and Allison Simon on 
scheduling of future meetings. 

The atmosphere was optimistic. 
The future for Sweet Briar appears 
to be bright. Alumnae support is 
enthusiastic, indeed, at a record- 
breaking high. The dedicated and 
talented group of individuals who 
are donating their time to steering 
Sweet Briar's course are inspired by 
the support of so many generous 
graduates and friends. 

Members of the Boxwood Circle, 
Fletcher Associates, President's Cir- 
cle and Sweet Briar Circle were 
honored in Williamsburg by the 
Boards of Directors and Overseers 
on Friday, September 26. A social 
hour on the terrace of the Cascades 
Meeting Center, overlooking a 
wooded hillside and floodlit stream, 
was followed by dinner for 200 in 
the Cascades Room. Director Alice 
Cary Farmer Brown '59, standing in 
for Chairman of the Boards Wrede 
Petersmeyer (who had returned 
home to stand as father of the bride 
for his daughter!), cited the fund- 
raising achievements of many of the 
attendees and others who were not 
present. Madrigal singers entertain- 
ed during the dinner and President 
Fry spoke briefly. 

The next day more than a hun- 
dred of the visitors took advantage 
of a well-planned tour of Colonial 
Williamsburg and nearby James 
River plantations. A visit to the 
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts 
Gallery was followed by a bus trip to 
Belle Air (owned by Meri Hodges 
Major '54), Berkeley, Westover and 
Shirley Plantations. Robert S. Fuller, 
Professor of Art at Randolph-Macon 
Woman's college (and husband of 
Martha Ann Fuller in Sweet Briar's 
Development Office) gave a short 
talk about Georgian architecture, of 
which Westover is a classic example. 
The day concluded with cocktails at 
the home of Roger and Martha 
Dabney Leclere '54 and dinner at 
the King's Arms Tavern in 
Williamsburg. D 



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Top left: Berkeley Plantation tour. 

Below left: Lunch at Berkeley 
Plantation. 

Below: Visitors at Jamestown. 




PHOTOS BY E ELAINE SCHUSTER 58 



Alumnae Magazine 



15 



COMPUTE, 

COMPUTER, 

COMPUTERIZE 

By Judith M. Elkins 

Professor of Mathematical Sciences 

Sweet Briar College 



Since 1960 to the present we have 
seen computers change from being a 
scarce, costly, strange resource to a 
plentiful, relatively cheap, familiar 
tool. Earlier awesome reference to 
computing power and speed has 
ev'olved into frequent reference to 
"the ubiquitous computer" and also 
"that blank blank computer" in 
everyday con\'ersation. We can even 
see this transition in our dictionaries 
which reflect current language 
usage. 

The 1961 Wcbsfci- New Collegiate 
lists only the word "compute", mean- 
ing to determine by calculation, 
reckon. "Computer" receives no 
separate entry and "computerize" is 
not listed at all. Clearly these words 
were not commonly used. 

In the 1971 Random House Dic- 
tionary of the American Language, 
the meaning of "compute" did not 
change. "Computer" received a 
separate entry: 

1. one who or that which computes. 

2. mechanized or electronic apparatus 
capable of carrying out repetitious and 
highly complex mathematical opera- 
tions at high speeds. Used for 
business — inventory maintenance, 
payroll preparation: indusfiy — 
automatic operation of machinery, con- 
trol of refinery operations: research — 
missile flight characteristics, behaviors 
involving a number of variables. 

Note the emphasis on 
mathematical operations and the 
listed uses in business, industry and 
research. Obviously this esoteric 
apparatus was not recognized as 
useful, available or affordable for 

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home, office or college on an every- 
day basis. In fact, persona! com- 
puters were not on the market until 
the late '70s. The word "com- 
puterize" received a listing — "con- 
trol, perform, process or store a 
system, operation or information by 
means of or in an electronic 
computer". 

According to the more conven- 
tional 1984 Webster's Neiv Riverside 
Dictionary, the meaning of "com- 
pute" is more complex: "1. deter- 
mine by mathematics, especially 
numerical methods; 2. determine by 
use of computers". The word "com- 
puter", now a well accepted term, 
receives a more concise definition: 
"high speed electronic device that 
processes, retrieves and stores pro- 
grammed information". "Com- 
puterize" now has two meanings. 
The first is more concise, reflecting 
more frequent and common usage: 
"process or store within a computer 
or computer system". The second 
reflects the widespread use and in- 
creased availability: "furnish with a 
computer or computer system". 

By 1986, even our use of dic- 
tionaries has been affected by com- 
puters. Using a computerized dic- 
tionary and thesaurus (the Turbo 
Lightning engine with Random 
House Concise Dictionaiy and 
Thesaurus on line), we find "com- 
pute" as before, and many synonyms 
for "computer": "data processor, cpu, 
mainframe, minicomputer, calcu- 
lator". Of course the spelling has 
been checked by computer in this 
arcane, arch document. (The extra 



adjectives have been added to test 
the computer dictionary.) 

During the same period, com- 
puting has made a parallel transition 
at educational institutions as a time 
snapshot from 1961 shows. The van- 
tage point is a Connecticut Valley 
women's college (no free advertising 
from this persona). Few colleges na- 
tionwide had their own computer. 
Connecticut Valley colleges sent card 
decks to Dartmouth with expected 
turnaround time of days. Few faculty 
used computers, except at Dart- 
mouth, and student computer 
literacy was below the measurement 
threshold. Computing and computers 
were not really academically respect- 
able, especially in pure mathematics 
departments, and computer science 
had not emerged as a discipline. 
Many programmers were language 
majors and maybe a few math and 
science majors. All were certainly 
trained on the job. 

By 1971 my vantage point was 
Ohio State University and my profes- 
sional path stretched from the 
University of Wisconsin to the 
University of California-San Diego to 
California State University-San 
Diego to Rutgers, the state universi- 
ty of New Jersey. Such mobility was 
not unusual. There was a shortage 
of faculty in mathematics and 
science and the national effort to 
upgrade math and science education 
and "put a man on the moon" was 
still in full swing. The "in" refrain 
was, "Do mathematics and see the 
world!" 

At the large universities the seces- 
sion of computer science depart- 
ments was well under way, but these 
departments were still small and 
underenrolled. Charges for computer 
time were substantial and effectively 
restricted computer use to those 
with research grants and few 
classes. There was almost no use of 
computers by mathematics faculty or 
classes and certainly none in the 
humanities — after all, computers 
were used for computing numbers. 
Integration of computing into 
academic programs stopped at the 
undergraduate level with engineer- 
ing, and calculators, rarely seen, 
were priced in the S200 range. Per- 
sonal computers were not yet 
available unless the count included 
programmable calculators. 

The next time snapshot is Sweet 
Briar 1986. Computing facilities. 

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both mainframe and micro, are wide- 
ly available to the College communi- 
ty. The DEC2065 mainframe is 
ready 24 hours a day to support 48 
concurrent users and is not 
restricted by computer charges or 
user class — student, faculty or ad- 
ministration. Terminal access, direct 
or dial-in, is provided across the 
campus or by telephone with more 
than 18 terminals in the science 
building alone. More than 100 
microcomputers are in use with 
some 40 Macintosh and Epson 
Equity (IBM compatible) computers 
for public use in addition to those 
used by individual departments. 

The physical and social science 
departments have long been using 
computers for analysis, tutorials and 
simulations and, over the last 10 
years, many applications have 
migrated from the mainframe to 
microcomputers, making use of the 
increased graphics capabilities. The 
humanities have expanded use of 
microcomputers for writing, graphic 
design and individual research. The 
Mathematics Department has 
become the Mathematical Sciences 
Department — an umbrella for com- 
puter science, statistics and 
mathematics. Computer science is 
still considered a "nouveau riche" 
and "parvenu" discipline by some, 
despite the emergence of a 
theoretical and demanding cur- 
riculum. The appropriate use of 
computers and computing in each 
field is well accepted. 

The frantic furor for computer 
literacy has decreased as our 
familiarity with and acceptance of 
this technology has increased. We all 
expect to use computers and are 
convinced that we can learn to 
"drive" this technology much as we 
learned to drive a car. The main 
uses have been identified and fall in- 
to the categories of word processing, 
database, spreadsheet and graphics 
and communication. A literate user 
need not and probably will not write 
programs, although programming is 
an intellectual challenge and success 
is eminently satisfying. "Friendli- 
ness" and ease of use continue to 
improve. Even so, effective use of 
these applications requires learning 
the system, an initial apprenticeship. 
Carpenter tools do not instantly 
make me a master of the craft. 
Likewise, the fastest cpu, largest 
memory and latest software on my 

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desk will not create an instant 
genius able to leap intellectual 
mountains with the tap of a key or 
two. 

There continue to be extravagant 
predictions about the impact of com- 
puters in education which become 
specific only in regard to tutorials 
and writing. The use of word pro- 
cessors, for example, gives us more 
confidence, makes us better writers, 
enables us to confront written 
awkwardness. With outliners, 
spellers and a variety of fonts, it is 
technically easy to improve clarity, 
organization and emphasis. But as a 
longtime user and advocate of word- 
processing let me disillusion you. 
Creativity, inspiration and content do 
not come from the computer system. 
If that were so, you would be treated 
to gems of wisdom instead of this 
Convocation episode. 

Paint and drawing software and 
hardware provided my next major 
delusion. Armed with a joystick, 
drawing pad, color printer and 
monitor, I sprayed a variety of 
curves and lines across the screen, 
choosing colors and patterns at ran- 
dom. The computer system provided 
the technical tools, speed and vivid 
colors; the result was a facsimile of 
the inkblot test. Without artistic 
talent and training, I will do as well 
with giant crayolas. 

Computers have become useful 
and effective as an educational 
resource, but we can and should 
question the appropriate uses. At 
least we are now spared the pathetic 
picture of the pudgy freshman fail- 
ing his courses because his parents 
didn't have a home computer. As 
Stephen Manes says, "Will your kid 
really become a better scholar by 
using an electronic Brittanica to call 
up an animated diagram of the 
duodenum?" (PC Magazine, ppl51 
ff, 9/16/86) 

So what is the role of computers? 
Intelligence amplification, according 
to Fred Brooks, the renowned com- 
puter scientist, not artificial in- 
telligence. We have a tool to handle 
complexity and free us from many 
tedious chores, while creating new 
problems and challenges. Education, 
however, concerns values and ideas 
and requires human interaction and 
engagement. Computers are not a 
substitute, however computer literate 
we become. D 



Judith Elkins at Opening Convocation 
1986. delivering her address, "Com- 
pute. Computer. Computerize." 



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Neigh Reunion '86 

By Keedie Grones '76 

Manager, Rogers 

Riding Center and Stable 



If there is one thing for which 
Sweet Briar alumnae are known, it's 
loyalty to their alma mater, and 
former riders prove no exception. 
Riders ranging from the Class of '27 
through the Class of '86 gathered on 
campus the weekend of September 
26-28, 1986 for a "neigh reunion". 

Neither distance nor time seemed 
to be a deterrent, as evidenced by 
the presence of Sally Dunham '66 
from Westport, CT, Ruth Harmon 
Kaiser '39 from Princeton, NJ and 
Virginia Lynch '84 from Atlanta, to 
name a few. Even seven-months-preg- 
nant Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn '77 
traveled from Chicago to join the 
fun. 

Friday night arrivals were treated 
to a cocktail party by the Riding 
Council and a picnic dinner begin- 
ning in the Clayton E. Bailey Room 
and overflowing into the gallery of 
the Robin S. Cramer Hall for 
demonstrations. Student rider and 
1986 Intercollegiate Individual Na- 
tional Champion Pam Ward '89 on 
her "Swiss Watch" presented a 
hunter or dressage sportif ride. 
National and international rider/ 
trainer Lendon F. Gray '71 on 
"Seldom Seen" followed with a 



playful but impressive musical kur 
tracing the large pony's history from 
low-level dressage and combined 
training mount to successful interna- 
tional athlete. The pony's "horse 
stride" and natural showmanship, 
combined with Lendon's excellent 
training, made him a crowd-pleaser 
here as he has been throughout the 
country and abroad. Those who 
lingered to chat with students, old 
friends and faculty enjoyed watching 
a replay of the evening's riders on 
the Center's color videotape equip- 
ment made possible through the 
Robin S. Cramer '77 Endowment 
Fund. 

Saturday morning broke cool as 
several groups of early risers set out 
to explore old and new trails around 
the Monument, the Ecology Field, 
Lower Paul's Mountain fields, the 
Proving Grounds, the dairy and 
beyond. Sue Croker '84, Katylou 
Gray Brittle '77 and Patty Click '85, 
among others, enjoyed seeing new 
gates and jumps which make the 
teaching stations and trails more 
useful and easily accessible. 

Many alums chose to "sleep in", 
taking either continental breakfast at 
the Riding Center or the full 
breakfast at Prothro Commons to 
gird themselves for the Hunter Pace 
ahead. Horses and people were 
mixed and matched to arrive with 
pairings that would be fun and well- 
suited to one another as the teams 
criss-crossed their way through cam- 
pus with only memory and ingenuity 
to guide each team to specific pick- 
up points. Members of the most re- 
cent classes were expected to be bet- 
ter navigators, but the pair finding 
all six points (and their way home!) 
first were Karen Biemiller Clark '84 




At the festivities in Sweet Briar House: (1-r) Katylou Gray Brittle '75; Paul D. Cronin, 
Director of Riding; Sarah J. Scott '77; Maggie Shriver '77; Vivian Yamaguchi 
Cohn '77: Elizabeth D. (Keedie) Grones '76. 

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and Lendon Gray '71. Slowest or 
"most lost" honors went to Flora 
Gilbert Wiley '69 and Ruth Harmon 
Kaiser '39, while Catherine Adams 
'82 and Sarah Sutton Brophy '83 
came in closest to the optimum time. 
Sarah "Jojo" Scott '77, Maggie 
Shriver '77 and Cathy Slatinshek '76 
won the best-dressed award for their 
matching lavender polo shirts and 
color-coordinated plastic pins. 

At the Alumnae House the 
exhaustive efforts of the morning 
were soothed by "Bloody Marys" 
and the warm hospitality of Ann 
Morrison Reams '42, Louise Swiecki 
Zingaro '80 and their staff before 
heading on to a hearty lunch. Tales 
of riding in former years brought 
fond memories of Harriet Rogers, 
Captain Littauer, Clayton E. Bailey, 
James Blackwell and others who 
gave so much to the Sweet Briar 
Riding Program, as well as stories of 
earlier mounts such as "Buck", 
"Twilight", "Executive", "Aquarius", 
"Timmy Turtle" and "Minnie". 

Lunch languishers gravitated back 
to the Riding Center to watch 
Lendon's second energetic presenta- 
tion on "Seldom Seen"; the Maine 
native went through warm-up pro- 
cedures for working the grey gelding 
and a demonstration of how to bring 
a balanced and collected mover 
through the steps to high school 
classical dressage movements by 
cooperation of horse and rider. This 
"master class" was particularly well- 
received by the more than 75 alum- 
nae, students and staff spectators 
who appreciated the years of hard 
work and dedication it took to bring 
this team to its competitive level. 
Long after the weekend faculty and 
students will benefit from the tapes 
made of both presentations. We are 
grateful not only to Lendon but to 
"Seldom Seen" 's owner, Mrs. Peggy 
Whitehurst, and to the Robin S. 
Cramer Endowment, which under- 
wrote the expenses. 

The hale and hearty who didn't 
mind the afternoon heat moved on to 
the Green Dairy Barn on Monument 
Road to follow the "Bedlam 
Beagles" hunted by their master, 
Mandy McComiick Cronin '63. 
Although dry conditions thwarted 
much hope for good scenting condi- 
tions, the hounds worked well on 
two rabbits and followers were 
treated to a view of a grey fox which 
popped up in front of the pack. 

Sweet Briar College 



Some riders who didn't choose to join 
the beaglers visited professors, took a 
swim in the lake or just relaxed, enjoy- 
ing their return to campus. 

Whichever afternoon activity was 
on the agenda, everyone turned out 
refreshed and renewed for cocktails 
at Sweet Briar House, hosted by 
President Fry. Many who had ten- 
tatively ridden up to her back door 
to claim a "chip" in the Hunter Pace 
enjoyed seeing the interior 
decorative changes made since their 
last visit. Alumnae also were glad to 
meet fellow rider Alice Love, direc- 
tor of admissions and to renew old 
friendships with Lydia and Peter 
Daniel, an honorary member of 
Riding Council because of his long- 
term interest in the Riding Program 
and his help in the construction of 
the current facility. 

The evening continued at the 
Wailes Center at a lovely seated din- 
ner. Over dessert Stephanie Bredin 
Speakman '68 shared her thoughts 
and knowledge of steeplechasing and 
wonderful videotape footage of her 
horse, "Our Steeplejack". This hand- 
some field hunter's move from the 
hunt field to timber racing and his 
culminating win of the arduous 
Maryland Hunt Cup provided an 
entertaining story enlivened by 
Stephanie's enthusiasm and wit. 

Sunday was a travel day for most 
but not before many "old girls" took 
advantage of late brunch in the din- 
ing hall, a peek at old dorm rooms, 
a check on renovations in the Pit, 
Benedict, the library, the chapel 
basement and the Refectory/Pannell 
Center, a trip down the senior stairs 
. . . and in fact down memory lane. 
Some, led by Sarah Babcock '83, 
cheered on student riders at an Old 
Dominion Athletic Conference Horse 
Show in Lynchburg, where the SB 
team won the four-way competition. 
Others revived the tradition of atten- 
dance at the Foxfield Steeplechase 
Races. 

What's next for this by now very 
close-knit group with a variety of 
ages, jobs, interests and geographical 
locales, sharing an abiding interest 
in horses and friends made in col- 
lege? Hopefully, we'll continue to ex- 
pand our horizons, building on what 
Sweet Briar (and horses) have given 
us and will return for the next 
"neigh reunion" with all the zeal 
and many fond memories evoked by 
this one. D 








Above: Mandy McCormick Cronin 
(SBC '63) hunting her Bedlam Beagles 
with Gert Prior (SBC '29) and Dan 
Boone (SBC '27) looking on. 

Left: Lendon F. Gray (SBC '71) on 
International Grand Prix pony, 
"Seldom Seen," during demonstration 
to more than 75 people in the Robin S. 
Cramer Hall of the Harriet Rogers 
Riding Center. 



PHOTOS BY LYNN HEY 



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Outstanding 
Alumnae Awards, 
1986 

By Judith Greer Schulz '61 

President, 

Alumnae Association 



Daniel Webster said in 1818 of his 
alma mater, Dartmouth College, "It 
is a small college, as some have said, 
but there are those who love it." 
Sweet Briar College has so many 
alumnae who love it that the Board 
of the Alumnae Association decided 
in 1968 to establish an award to 
graduate alumnae who have shown 
their dedication to Sweet Briar by 
giving outstanding, sustained service 
to the College in a volunteer 
capacity. 

The graduate must have been out 
of Sweet Briar for at least 15 years, 
and no more than three awards may 
be made in any one year. The first 
award was made in honor of the 
entire Class of 1910, and all five 
graduates of that class were present 
in 1968 to receive it. 

This year we are privileged to 
honor two alumnae. Even though 
their involvement and interest have 
been entirely different, both have 
exhibited that longtime commitment 
which has not faded as the years 
have passed. Both think of Sweet 
Briar constantly and remember us in 
many ways, by sending frequent 
messages or phone calls about things 
which might be of interest or value. 
They are always available when 
needed to help with any kind of 
Sweet Briar-related program, and 
both get back to campus often for a 
variety of reasons. Both are very 
much loved and respected by all 
segments of the Sweet Briar family. 




ADELAIDE BOZE GLASCOCK '40 



Adelaide Glascock has served the 
College as a member of the Board of 
Overseers and as a member of the 
board of the Alumnae Association. 
She has been a leader in the Sweet 
Briar Club in each city in which she 
has lived and has served as presi- 
dent of two clubs. She has been 
chairman of the Alumnae Represen- 
tative Committee which deals with 
prospective students, and she was 
instrumental in the formation of the 
bulb project through which the 
Alumnae Association provides funds 
for 44 endowed scholarships and two 
special scholarships. She served as 
chairman of the first National Bulb 
Project and has done a bang-up job 
selling bulbs herself. She also served 
as secretary of her class, providing 
news for class notes in the alumnae 
magazine. 

Adelaide, known to her friends of 
long standing as "Polly", was an 
active Sweet Briar student, being 
involved with Paint and Patches, 
Tanz Zirkle (a modem dance group), 
the choir, the Glee Club and The 
Sweet Briar News, and was secretary 
and treasurer of the French club. As 
a French major, she spent her junior 
year studying at the Sorbonne in 
Paris. She graduated cum laude, 
then went on to get her masters 
degree in French Literature from 
Columbia University. She later did 
additional work at the University of 
Virginia extension school as well as 
at William and Mary's extension. 
She taught French in several dif- 
ferent areas including Fairfax Hall, 
where she was head of the French 
department, St. Catherine's, the Col- 



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legiate School, and Mt. Vernon 
Junior College, and she did some 
private teaching. 

She has never lost touch with the 
College, nor her interest in being a 
part of it. One of her special in- 
terests has been fund-raising. She 
has had a special concern for the 
Annual Fund and has been a long- 
time member of the Boxwood Circle 
Committee which solicits annual 
gifts of $1000 or more from alum- 
nae. She is also interested in 
Planned Giving, having served as 
chairman of that committee on the 
Alumnae Board. She has continued 
her interest in the work of the 
Friends of the Library. 

Her other volunteer involvements 
include being founder and sponsor of 
a senior citizens club, serving on the 
Planned Parenthood Board, the aux- 
iliary board of a hospital and the 
Girl Scout Council. She has been a 
member of the state education board 
and the PTA and a trustee of a day 
school, as well as president of the 
AAUW and chairman of Home Ser- 
vice Volunteers and the Visiting 
Nurse Service. 

She has held several interesting 
jobs. Her teaching experiences were 
varied and challenging. For a while, 
she wrote book reviews for her local 
newspaper as well as a French jour- 
nal. At the present time she is a 
successful realtor. 

Adelaide's husband is an attorney, 
as is her son. Her hobbies include 
tennis, paddle tennis, bridge and 
language study in French, Italian 
and Japanese. 

Sweet Briar College 



SARAH LOUISE ADAMS BUSH '43 



Sarah Louise Adams Bush, known 
to all as "Ouija," has probably done 
as much to encourage outstanding 
young women to choose Sweet Briar 
as their college as any one of our 
alumnae. She diligently watched out 
for that particular student whom she 
thought would appreciate a Sweet 
Briar education as well as be an 
asset to the campus community, then 
very carefully began to talk with her, 
send her information and gradually 
win her interest. 

But that's not all. She just as cons- 
cientiously went about selling our 
Sweet Briar bulbs to support her 
club scholarships, one of which is 
named in her honor, to make sure 
that any student who could qualify 
to come to Sweet Briar would not be 
discouraged from applying due to 
monetary considerations. This, too, 
she has done with great skill and in- 
terest over a period of time. 

While a student at Sweet Briar, 
Ouija was quite involved as secretary 
of both her sophomore and junior 
classes, treasurer of the Athletic 
Association, member of the Orienta- 
tion Committee, president of the 
YWCA, which was an active service 
organization on campus at that time, 
a member of Q.V. and Tau Phi. She 



majored in history. Her ever-ready 
smile and friendliness were well- 
known on campus as they are now 
wherever she goes. You can expect 
to be greeted by her wonderful, 
cheery voice, often addressing you as 
"honey". Born in San Antonio, she 
still lives in Texas, but in Dallas. 

She has continued her interest in 
Sweet Briar ever since graduation. 
She has served on the Board of 
Overseers, the board of the Alumnae 
Association in several capacities, has 
been president of the Sweet Briar 
club in her hometown and is active 
in the bulb program and the admis- 
sions program there. She has been 
an effective vice chairman of class 
fund agents, a member of the 
Reunion Gifts Committee for her last 
reunion and an active worker with 
the Generations Campaign. 

She has been equally involved in 
her community. She has been active 
in the Women of the Church and has 
served several school boards as well 
as being involved in PTA work dur- 
ing the years her children were in 
school. She was involved in the 
Junior League, having been chair- 
man of four or five of the key com- 
mittees. Always interested in young 
people, she and her family hosted an 




exchange student from England for 
a year, under the American Field 
Service program. 

Ouija has a very lively family. Her 
husband has shared her enthusiasm 
for involvement and has eagerly 
accompanied her to Sweet Briar 
many times when she has returned. 
He seems to be as much at home 
here as she. In the reverse, they 
have hosted many Sweet Briar peo- 
ple in their home: administrators, 
admissions counselors, and faculty, 
and always with graciousness and 
warm hospitality. They have three 
children — one son and two 
daughters, one of whom graduated 
from Sweet Briar. D 



Sarah Adams Bush '43 (Ouija) (r) gets a hug from President Judy Shulz "61. 



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Joan Spivey Bowers suggests: Robin Bowers adds: 



What the 
Faculty 
is Reading 




Editor's note: This new column will 
feature various faculty numbers or 
couples with their recommendations 
for pleasure and/or serious reading. 
Our first contributors are Dean Robin 
and foan Bowers, pictured above. 



1. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the 
Garden by Eleanor Perenyi. 304pp, 
1983, Vintage paperback. $5.95. 
Eleanor Perenyi's splendid writing 
and delightfully opinionated views 
make this one of the best collections 
of essays I've ever read on gardening 
— and a number of other subjects as 
well, ranging from politics and 
history to superstition and science. 

2. Time After Time by Molly Keane. 
256pp, 1985 Dutton paperback, $8.95. 
One of the funniest books I've read 
in a long time. Time After Time is 
by an author who is enjoying a se- 
cond surge of popularity after having 
been popular under a different name 
(M. J. Farrell) in the '30s and '40s. 
The book's four elderly, eccentric 
protagonists reveal, as does the 
author herself, the potential of the 
human spirit for new beginnings 
even as they live out their lives in 
the midst of a decaying Anglo-Irish 
gentry. 

3. Letters to Alice on First Reading 
Jane Austen by Fay Weldon. 128pp, 
1985, Taplinger paperback, $14.95. 
For almost two centuries Jane 
Austen has remained a touchstone of 
English literature against which peo- 
ple have measured their own 
understanding of literature and 
society. In a series of engaging let- 
ters to a fictional niece who finds 
Austen "boring, petty and irrele- 
vant". Fay Weldon discusses the im- 
portance not only of Jane Austen but 
also of the whole realm of literature, 
the "City of Invention". 

4. Monsignor Quixote by Graham 
Greene. 221 pp. 1983, Pocket Books 
paperback, 3.95. 

Having long been intrigued by the 
Don Quixote story, I was delighted 
to find this reworking of the tale by 
Graham Greene. Although ostensibly 
a series of debates between a 
Catholic priest and a Mai-xist mayor, 
the book is also very much about 
the humane vision of Graham 
Greene himself. 



1. Victory Over Japan by Ellen 
Gilchrist. 277 pp. 1984, Little Brown 
paperback, $7.95. 

In this collection of short stories, 
Ellen Gilchrist is as charmingly in- 
timate and wryly humorous in her 
style as she is in her "Morning Edi- 
tion" journal on National Public 
Radio. This book won the 1984 
American Book Award for Fiction. 

2. Ivy Days: Making My Way Out 
East by Susan Allen Toth. 199pp, 
1985, Little Brown paperback, 
$6.95. 

Written as a sequel to the highly- 
regarded Blooming: A Small-Town 
Girlhood, this book is a moving 
autobiographical account of a young 
woman's experiences — both disap- 
pointments and triumphs — as she 
educates herself at an Eastern 
women's college. 

3. The Night Country by Loren 
Eiseley, 234pp, 1971, Scribner 
paperback, $7.95. 

Famous as archaeologist, paleon- 
tologist and writer, Loren Eiseley 
has been one of my favorite essayists 
for a long time. This collection 
reveals Eiseley 's strangely haunting 
vision of the world, as does this 
quotation from the book's foreword: 
"There is a shadow on the wall 
before me. It is my own; the hour is 
late. I write in a hotel room at mid- 
night. Tomorrow the shadow on the 
wall will be that of another." 



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Admissions Guides: 
Rosam Quae Meruit 
Ferat 

By Martha Shorter Lanier '85 
Admissions Counselor 




How many of you remember your 
campus visit to Sweet Briar five years 
ago, 15 years ago or even 35 years ago? 
Do you remember the student who 
first opened the door so that you 
could catch a gUmpse of college life? 
This first contact probably played a 
large part in your decision to attend 
Sweet Briar College. Realizing this 
important role, our Admissions Of- 
fice depends heavily on students to 
give tours to prospective students 
and their families. 

The present tour guide program, 
which began in 1965, has faced many 
changes but the high quality of our 
volunteer guides has remained the 
same. In the past, faculty and staff have 
nominated students whom they felt 
would best represent Sweet Briar. The 
nominated students then would decide 
whether they wished to volunteer an 
hour per week to giving tours. This year 
we added an extra criterion — an in- 
terview with an Honor Guide. In the 
interview, the student must answer 
questions similar to those she might 
encounter on an actual tour. Based 
upon this interview and a good 
academic standing, the Admissions 
Office selects the new guides. Six- 

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teen new guides were selected from 
28 interviewed. This new group will 
be a wonderful addition to our 
returning guides. 

To ensure that the program re- 
mains student-oriented, the chair- 
woman of guides and chairwoman of 
overnight hostesses are selected from 
the tour guides. The former's 
responsibilities include coordinating 
the hourly tours, finding guides for 
odd hours and lending a much need- 
ed hand to our crazy office. Vikki 
Schroeder '87 from Plymouth, 
Minnesota serves her second year as 
chairwoman. In addition to a tour, a 
prospective student often spends a 
night in the dorm. Finding a student 
hostess falls under the chairwoman 
of overnight hostesses' duties. She 
too gives us many hours of extra 
help. Gina Pollock '89 from Houston, 
Texas will learn the word "hectic" 
as she coordinates hostesses for ap- 
proximately 100 visiting students for 
each of two fall prospective student 
visits. 

As you realize by now, we have a 
special group of young women. As 
well as volunteering their time to 
our office they have contributed a 
great deal to other areas at Sweet 
Briar. Academically they shine. 
Among the distinctions are a 
Founders' Scholar, Sweet Briar 
Scholars and Pannell Scholars. Many 
double-major and some have been 
known to design their majors. Vikki 
Schroeder, pursuing her theatre in- 
terest, created her Technical Theatre 
Studies major. Very much involved 
in the technical side of a production, 
she has just been designated assis- 
tant director/stage manager for this 
fall's production. You would think 



that she has enough to do but ob- 
viously she doesn't: Vikki doubled 
her Technical Theatre Studies major 
with Math/Computer Science. 

Other very busy students include a 
set of twins, Kathy and Karen Bryan 
'87 from Jacksonville, FL. Both have 
dedicated their time as chairwomen, 
Kathy with overnight hostesses and 
Karen with tour guides. This fall, 
Karen was in charge of Orientation 
for the freshmen, working with some 
students she had probably hosted in 
her dorm room. 

To show our appreciation for their 
important role, we held the first 
annual Boathouse tour guide picnic 
last May. This fail at the lunch/train- 
ing session we gave out pewter pen- 
dants engraved with the Sweet Briar 
Rose, symbolizing SBC's motto: 
rosam quae meruit font. Each recipient 
must wear the pendant on tour. 

The Admissions Office votes for 
10 outstanding students from the 
tour group at the end of the year. 
Designated Honor Guides, their 
names are inscribed on a roster 
which hangs in the Admissions 
reception area. Honor Guides this 
year include JoAnn Bogolin '89, St. 
Francisville, LA; Sherri Brockwell 
'89, Chester, VA; Karen Bryan and 
Kathy Bryan '87, Jacksonville, FL; 
Julia Carter '89, Williamstown, NJ; 
Legare Davis '89, Columbia, TN 
(aunt: Suzanne Thompson Watkins 
'69); Grace Quirk '88, Houston, TX; 
Anne Robling '88, Middletown, OH; 
Crystal Sanford '87, Lynchburg, VA 
(mother: Betty Phillips '58), Vikki 
Schroeder '87, Plymouth, MN. 

No one can overestimate the im- 
pact a guide has and we are truly 
indebted to them all. D 



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The Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Club of 
Richmond 

Three alumnae from the 
Richmond Club came to Sweet 
Briar to talk to students about the 
banking industry, on October 29. 
1986. They were Sandra Taylor 
Craighead, 74, a product manager 
with United Virginia Bank. Jarrett 
Dudley Goodwin. 70. who is in the 
loan department at Investors' 
Home Mortgage Co.. and Nancy 
Hagan '81 who is in wire transfer 
services with United 'Virginia. The 
alumnae answered many enquiries 
and found that the informal panel 
discussion helped the students to 
really focus their questions. 
Students and staff greatly ap- 
preciated the Richmond Club's ex- 
tending its wonderful networking 
system to include them. The 
panelists are members of the bank- 
ing group of the Richmond Club's 
occupational networking program; 
other groups are: legal/government: 
sales, marketing and retail; and 
teaching/education. 

The event was sponsored by 
Sweet Briar's Office of Career Plan- 
ning and LIFETIMES Center. 



Honorary D.D. for 
Whiteman 

The Yale Divinity School con- 
ferred the honorary Doctorate of 
Divinity degree on Sweet Briar's 
President Emeritus Harold B. 
Whiteman at ceremonies held at 
the Marquand Chapel at Yale 
Divinity School October 18. 

SBC Staff Service 
Award Recipients 
Honored 

Eight Sweet Briar employees 
who have worked at the College for 
10 years or more received Staff 
Recognition Service Awards at the 
Founders' Day Program in Babcock 
Auditorium. 

Those honored were: Phyllis D. 
Carter, Food Service, 10 years; 
Robert L. Cash, Buildings and 
Grounds. 40 years; Nancy E. 
Church. Admissions. 10 years; 
Richard T. Hewitt. Jr.. Buildings 
and Grounds. 10 years; Lewis L. 
Mannon. Farm, 10 years; James E. 
Meade. Buildings and Grounds. 30 
years; Willie H. Neal. Security, 10 
years; Velma L. Turner, Halls of 
Residence. 20 years. 





Lee Carollo Pforsich "78 and John R. McClenon. chairman 
of the Sweet Briar Chemistry Department 



Lee Carollo Pforsich. a chemistry' 
teacher at Oak Grove High School 
in San Jose. California and a 1978 
chemistry graduate of Sweet Briar 
College, is the winner of the third 
Helen McClure Gager award in 
chemistry which was presented at 
Sweet Briar's Founders' Da>' 
ceremonies on September 30, 1986. 
The award recognises distin- 
guished work in chemistry by a 
member of the Sweet Briar com- 
munity. The Chemistry Depart- 
ment stated that Lee was chosen 
both for her excellence in chemistry 
and her commitment to teaching 
high school. She had taught at a 
junior college and worked in in- 
dustry- but had gone back to high 
school teaching in the face of more 
lucrative offers from industry: this, 
they felt, was a very strong con- 
tribution to the field of chemistry. 

The award, $600 this year, 
honors the late Professor Gager 



who taught chemistry at Sweet 
Briar from 1976 to 1980 and 
was established in her memory 
by her husband. Forrest L. 
Gager, Jr. in 1981. 

While in college. Lee was a 
Sweet Briar Scholar and presi- 
dent of the American Chemical 
Society Student Affiliate at 
Sweet Briar. She spent her 
junior year at St. Andrew's, was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa and 
graduated magna cum laude. In 
1979 she was one of the 
youngest members elected to Pi 
Lambda Theta. an honorary 
education society. She earned 
the master of arts degree in 
education from the Claremont 
Graduate School in 1980 and is 
now chairman of the chemistry 
department at Oak Grove High 
School. She lives in San Jose 
with her husband. Thomas, and 
their 3V2 vear-old son. 



Uorothy Woods McLeod '58 
Nominee for the 
Board of Overseers 

The Board of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association submits the 
name of Dorothy Woods McLeod 
(Dotsie) '58 to the members of the 
Association as a candidate for 
election to the Board of Overseers 
of Sweet Briar College. 

After graduating from Sweet Briar 
with an A.B. in Religion in 1958 and 
from Katherine Gibbs Seo'etarial 
School in 1959. she worked for five 
years in Boston for a management 
consultant and for a year and a half 
in New York for the financial vice 
president of CBS. 

She is a charter member of 
Sweet Briar's Williams Associates 
and has served on the Alumnae 
Board as second vice president, 
chairman of Region VIII and 
first vice president and director 
of clubs. She has been actively in- 
volved in the recruitment of 
students as an alumna represen- 
tative on admission since 1967. 

As a student at Sweet Briar 
Dotsie was vice president of her 
freshman class, sophomore house 
president, secretary of the Judicial 
Board as a junior and chairman of 
the Judicial Board her senior year. 

She was active in the Junior 
League of Nashville until 1976. 
served on the Board of the Col- 
onial Dames of America in 
Tennessee from 1978-81 and cur- 
renth- works for the Nashville 
Symphony Guild Board and chairs 
the Reading Is Fundamental Board. 
Her husband is a Nashville physi- 
cian and she has two children. 
Alexander and Dorothy. 

Other names may be added to 
the ballot if they are sent to the 
director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion. Sweet Briar. VA 24595, ac- 
companied by 15 signatures of 15 
alumnae and written consent of 
the nominees within two weeks 
after publication of this name as 
the nominee. If no additional 
nominations are made, the direc- 
tor of the Alumnae Association is 
instmcted to cast a ballot to elect 
the proposed slate. The elected 
candidate's name will be submit- 
ted to the Board of Directors as 
the nominee from the Association 
for election at the spring meeting 
of the Board. 



NOTICES 



House-swapper Alerts 

One bedroom "luxury" flat in 
London on the Regent's 
Canal. Little Venice. Modern 
kitchen, washing machine, cen- 
tral heat and large bath. Bright 
rooms with high ceilings, lots of 
closet space. Will sleep four. 
Available in summer or other 
times of year. Contact: Elizabeth 
Munce Weis '43. 487 W. Central 
Avenue. Delaware. OH 43051 

Brevard, North Carolina 

house available: new modern 
home with living, dining rooms, 
kitchen, powder room, master 
bedroom and bath on 1st floor, 
two bedrooms, two baths and 
nook with hide-a-bed on 2nd 
floor — can sleep eight. Camp 
Carolina for Boys and the Pisgah 
National Forest adjoin property; 
Davidson River is a mile awa\'. 
During summer months the 
Brevard Music College is big 
drawing card to area. Contact 
Kathleen Peeples Pendleton '55 
(Mrs. Charles Roberts 
Pendleton), 268 Albermarle 
Place, Macon GA 31204. 

We would like to exchange 
houses with someone in England 
for September, '87. We offer a 2 
bedroom, 2 bath house all on 
one level, in a delightful village 
of 4.000 on Buzzard's Bay, 
Marion, Massachusetts. 
Marion is a well known sailing 
center with 800-900 sailboats in 
harbor in the season. We are 3 
blocks from a town beach and 1 
hour from Providence, Boston 
and Cape Cod. We seek a small 
house in the London area or in 
Kent. We have family in 
England who can tell anyone in- 
terested more of our house and 
area. Contact: Muriel Barrows 
Neall '40 (Mrs. James F Neall). 
Box 1009. Marion, MA 02738. 

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Interested in swapping large 2 
bedroom apartment 3 blocks from 
lake, near downtown Minneapolis. 
Please send information to Amy 
Campbell Lamphere '80. 2100 ' 
Girard Avenue. S.. Minneapolis. 
MN 55405. 



Alumnae Magazine 



25 



It's Here! 
1986 Reunion 
Videotape 

198(i Rainion Videotape. BETA 
or VHS. Price: $29.95. inc. 
postage and handling. 

The tape includes shots of man>- 
of the weekend programs and ac- 
tivities. A wonderful reminder of 
this very special weekend, it will 
make you laugh and cry. 
Also available: 

Swat Briar Alumnae Direetnry. 
Price: 812.00, inc. postage and 
handling. Printed in the fall of 
1985, the directory includes the 
class of '85. Alumnae are listed by 
maiden and married names with 
address and home and business 
phone numbers, as well as b\' 
class and city. 

The Stoiy nf Street Briar College. 
Volume I, by Martha Lou 
Lemmon Stohlman. Price: $10.00, 
inc. postage and handling. 

A limited number of copies is 
still available. Volume I of the 
history of the College takes the 
story up to 1956; Volume II will 
be published in the future. 

Return order form, with check, to 
The Alumnae House. Sweet Briar 
College. Sweet Briar. Va. 24595 

Please send me: 

1986 Reunion Videotapes. 

BETA VHS 



_Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Directon.'(ies) 



_copy(ies). The Stoiy of Sweet 
Briar Cnllege. Vol.1 



My check for $_ 



. is enclosed 



Please print or type name 
and address: 



Married Name 
Maiden Name . 
Class 



Address 




Make checks payable to Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Association 



M the annual board nit't'ling of the .Alumnat- .Assoiialion (luring Council nn StplumbtT '.HI: standing, l-r; Libbj Trucheart Harris. Liiih Sihulz. 
Penn Wilk-l'. Mullin. "Bobo" Ryan Ho.vl. Laura Campbell Walker. Mary Scales Lawson. .Anne Slelle. \ancie Howe Enlenmann. Debi Zicnlcr Hopkins, 
Sally Bumbaugh. (Mngt-r New man Blanchard. Ellen Harrison Saunders, Betty Doucett Neill. Elaine Schuster, Nancy Godwin Iteldit in. \nn Morrison 
Reams, Jody Raines Brinkley. Seated: l-r: Barbara Sampson Borsch. Kthel Odfien Buryvell. .\nne Wilson Rowe, Judy (ireer Schulz, Trish Neale \an 
Clief, .-\nita Loving Lewis. Winnie Leigh Hamlin. Sheila Carroll Cooprider. Not pictured: Karin L. Lawson. CannieCrysler Shafer, Ly n Dillard Cirones. 
.Anne Worboys Buske. Kathryn Prothro \eagcr. Katherine Connors Cassada. .Anna Chao Pai. Gwen Speel Kaplan. Mary K. Lee McDonald. Elizabeth 
Blackwell Laundon. Claire Cannon Christopher. Eleven members not pictured. 

Report of Alumnae Council '86 

By Winnie Leigh Hamlin '58, First Vice President and Director of Clubs 



Returning to Sweet Briar for 
Alumnae Council, I was impress- 
ed with the natural and architec- 
tural beauty of the cainpus, the 
fascinating alumnae, students 
and college personnel and the 
thoughtfulness of Ann Reams 
and the .Alumnae Office staff. 
Each alumna was a guest of the 
College and provided with a list 
of the 148 alumnae on campus 
and an agenda from Sunday 
noon, September 28 through din- 
ner Tuesday, September 30, 

Sunday afternoon and evening 
there were an Alumnae 
Representatives Workshop at 
which the fabulous new admis- 
sions videotape was shown, a 
Reunion Gifts Workshop, an 
Orientation for new board 
members, a Finance Committee 
Meeting, a visit to the lovely 
Pannell Art Galler>-, Vespers at 
the Chapel and an informal sup- 
per at the Boat House for all but 
the Reunion Gifts Committee 
(which had dinner at Sweet 
Briar House), followed by Com- 
pline at the Chapel. 

Monday morning there were 
breakfast meetings of the Ex- 
ecutive Committee and the 
Nominating Committee. From 
nine until noon there were a 
Reunion Gifts Workshop and a 
Club Activities Workshop. At the 
latter. Bobo Ryan Hoyt 72. 
alumnae representatives chair- 
man, introduced our remarkable 
admissions director, Allie Love, 
who spoke on admissions and 
financial aid. She told what 
students love about Sweet Briar: 
the friendly community at- 
mosphere, the close student- 
faculty relationship and the 
quality education in the liberal 
arts and sciences. Sally 
Bumbaugh '54, national bulb 
chairman, explained that 
SIOO.OOO of the scholarship 
funds given to students this year 
came from bulb proceeds and in- 
troduced the winner of the trip 



to Holland. Kathy Levi Hoover '81. 
Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 told the 
history of the bulb project. Ouija 
Adams Bush '43 spoke on selling 
in difficult growing areas and Helen 
Cornwell Jones '40 gave incen- 
tives for selling bulbs. I in- 
troduced the following club 
presidents: Charlotte Taylor 
Miller '55, who described the 
successful Sweet Briar Day 
celebrated by the Hunt Country 
Alumnae Club on Saturday, June 
28 when alumnae and families 
gathered at a club for round- 
robin tennis, swimming and 
potluck supper; Becky Truelove 
Symons '79, who told of the 
Richmond Club's programs, net- 
working directory and quarterly 
newsletter; Ann Millbank Mell 
'71, who described the get- 
togethers of the Northern New- 
Jersey Club. 

At lunch students and alumnae 
from the same states enjoyed sit- 
ting together and conversing. 
After lunch. Judy Greer Schulz 
'61 presided at the Annual 
Meeting of the Alumnae 
Association, during which we 
were given an update on the 
state of the College by President 
Fit, Dean Bowei-s, Tom Connors, 
treasurer and vice president for 
business affairs, Mark Whittaker, 
vice president for college rela- 
tions and Byrd Stone, associate 
professor of education. (Those of 
us who remember dates at 
Buck's were excited to learn that 
Buck Woody's widow left a 
generous gift to Sweet Briar.) 

The 1986 Reunion videotape 
was then shown, followed by 
meetings of the Alumnae Career 
Advisory Board and the Fund 
Agents Workshop. 

At 5:15 p.m. the Alumnae 
Memorial Service was held in the 
Chapel. Alumnae had cocktails 
with faculty and administrators 
at the Pannell Center Gallery 
before dinner with alumnae-related 
students and student leaders; 



the Sweet Tones sang. 

That night Student Govern- 
ment President Linda Mae 
Visocan moderated the student 
panel which was. as usual, a real 
highlight. The articulate student 
leaders cared about the honor 
system and academic serious- 
ness. Hearing from students at 
lunch, at dinner and on the 
panel gave alumnae insight into 
Sweet Briar today, which is the 
primary reason so many of us 
enjoy Alumnae Council. 

Tuesday after breakfast and 
morning prayer in the Chapel, 
the following committees met: 
Regional, Alumnae Fund, Bulb, 
Board and Editorial. For those 
not involved in committee meet- 
ings there was a workshop, 
"Committee Service: Defining 
Yourself as a Volunteer", by 
Kitty Umbayer, director of vol- 
unteers for the City of Norfolk. 

The Honorable Dale Hutter 
Harris '53, Founders' Day 
speaker, inspired us all with her 
words: "We are all founders to- 
day of what will be tomorrow. . . 
Volunteers are the cornerstones 
of our culture. . ." and with a 
description of what will be the 
best training for the future. 
Alumnae Awards were presented 
to Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 
and Ouija Adams Bush '42. 

Lunch Tuesday, honoring Staff 
Service Award recipients, was en- 
joyed with retired faculty and staff 
members at the Wailes Center. 
That afternoon the Planned Giving 
Committee and the Board of the 
Alumnae Association met. Tuesday 
night the Williams Associates were 
honored with dinner at Sweet Briar 
House and all other alumnae had 
dinner at Allie Love's home. 

Visiting the Sweet Briar family 
on the magnificent campus was 
an interesting and deli.ghtful ex- 
perience. Please return as soon 
as you can and. if possible, bring 
a prospective student with you. 



26 



Sweet Briar College 



Students 
Holding 
Special 
Alumnae 
Awards 
'86 -'87 




Toni Gale Dean '87 (Turning 
Point Sludent) Monroe. VA 
Manson Scholar 



Rapti de Siha '88 

Sri Lanka 

Mar\ Mackintosh Sherer Award 




Ellen Palermo '88 
Melbourne Beach, FL 
Benedict Scholar 



Dede Connors '87 
Sweet Briar, \'a 
Alumna Daughter Award 



Shcrri Brockwell 

Chester, VA 

Elizabeth Maurv \alentine Award 



Bicycle Tour of Holland 
July 11-24, 1987 
Deadline for application: 
January 31, 1987 

Apply directly to: Frank 
Behrendt, International Bicvcle 
Tours, Inc., 12 Mid Place. 
Chappaqua, NY 10514. Tel: 
914-238-4576. Remember, you 
will receive no further brochure 
about this trip. For another copy 
of our "Preview of 1987 Trips" 
brochure w'hich gives the basic 
information, write to Noreen 
Parker. Alumnae Office, Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar. V.^^ 
24.595. Or call 804-381-6131 
weekdays. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. 



Alumnae Daughters and 

Seniors, Class of 1987 

Georgianna Courtney Conger 

Courtney Willard '53 
.Vlichaelle Palmer Connors 

Jocelyn Palmer '62 

sister: Kathy '86 
Anne Da\'ant Mobley 

Sue Lawton '55 
Mary Siner Paton 

Renis Siner '55 
Crvstal Anne Sanford 

Betty Phillips '58 
Mary Carroll \'ia 

Ann Reid May '54 
Eleanor Schnabel 

Eleanor Humphreys '58 

gi^andmother: Emma Kjiowlton '32 
.Mary Townsend Ziebold 

Page Tucker McFall '60 

Juniors, Class of 1988 

Erin Philion Babcock 

Suzanne Philion '61 

sister: Christina 
Babcock '86 
Elizabeth Davis Belser 

Virginia Lutz '61 
Virginia AUis Bennett 

grandmother: Polly M. 
Roberts '29 dec.) 
Susanna Everard Broaddus 

Margaret Cuthbert '65 
Pamela A. Pargellis 

Josephine Sharp '52 
Mariah Quinby Read 

grandmother: Katharine 
Porter '39 
Mary Taylor Sattler (away) 

Kathleen Peeples '55 
Elizabeth Peyton Wilkins 

Elise Hortenstine '68 



Granddaughters 1986-87 
Sophomores, Class of 1989 

Aubre>' Clark Adam 

Parry EUice '63 

grandmother: Margaret Ross 
Ellice '34 
Mary Richie McGuire Boyd 

grandmother: Richie McGuire '23 
(dec.) 
Catherine Price Cravens 

Nancy Morison '53 
Amanda Sloane Germond 

Dulcie Heintz '62 
Jill Anne Needham 

Judy Gutches '63 
Whitney Benecke Odell 

Gisela Benecke '58 
Amanda Fisher Ottaway 

stepmother: Cynthia Wilson "57 
Elizabeth MacKenzie Shaw 

Mary MacKenzie '62 
Sara Anne Stone 

Ann Green '53 

grandmother: Mildred Stone '30 

Freshmen, Class of 1990 

Gladden Adam 

Parry Ellice '63 

sister: Aubrey '89 

grandmother: Margaret Ross 
Ellice '34 
Jane Ellen Bynie 

Jeannie Shaw '65 
Dolly Garcia 

Dolly Caballero '67 
Courtney McDonald 

Katie Mendelson '60 
Parker Shultis 

Abby Patterson '(36 
Margaret Nicholas White 

grandmother: Katharine 
Gochnauer Slater '33 



1986 BULB REPORT 



This year 46 clubs, Solos and 
the Alumnae Office sold 2.247 
bulb orders for a total of 
$106,360.79. 1986 top-selling 
clubs were: 

Washington. D.C. $8,788.65 

Richmond $7,826.53 

Fairfield Countv 5,070.81 

Philadelphia 5,053.28 

Greensboro 4,963.64 

Atlanta 4,742.42 

A total of 36 sellers were 
bonus winners this past year. 
Eighteen sold between $500 and 
S749, four sold between $750 
and $999. and there are now 14 
Bloomin' Alumnae (those with 
sales over SI. 000). They are: 
Irene Mitchell Moore '42. 

Greensboro $2,663.41 

Kathv Levi Hoover '81. 

Richmond 1.894.00 

Nancy Keen Butterworth 
Palmer '51. 

Nashville 1.818.67 

Jean Craver '65 

Dallas 1.518,31 

Virginia Squibb Flvnn '32. 

Fairfield County' 1,448.99 

Genevieve Marsh Fisher '38, 

Washington. D.C. 1.433.83 

Marv Swift Calhoun '31. 

Solo 1.34(il7 

Katherine Taylor Erickson '80. 

Atlanta ' 1.290.44 

Lydia Goodwvn Lorentzen '34. 

Richmond ' 1,280.80 

Diana G. Dent '50, 

Fairfield County 1,256.48 

Nancy Haskins Elliot '40. 

Southern California 1.215.73 



Chloe Lansdale Pitard '61 

Philadelphia; 1.11 5. :54 

Virginia Quintard Bond '31. 

Boston 1.107.05 

Eugenia Burnett Affel '42. 
Philadelphia 1.046.01 

Kathy Levi Hoover '81 is this 
year's prize winner of a trip to 
Holland in the spring of '87. 
Congratulations to her and to 
ALL the sellers, clubs and Solos 
who worked so hard. Sweet 
Briar and her students ap- 
preciate all your efforts. 

The sole purpose of the Sweet 
Briar Bulb Project is to provide 
scholarship funds for Sweet 
Briar students. This year the in- 
come earned from endowed club 
scholarships was over $110,000 
This constitutes over 10% of the 
overall scholarship budget. This 
from the Bulb Project alone is 
an incredible accomplishment 
and one of w'hich we as alumnae 
can be very proud. The Bulb 
Project is more important than 
ever before as the cost of a 
Sweet Briar education continues 
to rise. We must ensure that we 
have funds to bring qualified 
students to Sweet Briar. Think 
what just one order from each 
one of our over 10.000 alumnae 
would mean. Let's all work 
together in 1987 to make the 
Bulb Project an even greater 
success! 



Alumnae Magazine 



27 



The Gladys Wester 
Horton Scholarship 

Because its members hold 
Gladys Horton in such high 
esteem, the Northern New- 
Jersey Club has decreed that 
from now on, its scholarship will 
be known as the Gladys Wester 
Horton Scholarship. 

A past president of the club, 
Gladys has a long history of 
outstanding service to her Col- 
lege and community She was 
president of the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association from 1956 
to 1960 and prior to this had 
served on the association's board 
as chairman of Region I and 
director of admissions represen- 
tatives. She served on Sweet 
Briar's Board of Overseers from 
1961-65 and on the Board of 
Directors from 1965-1973. For 
nine years she was chairman of 
the Boxwood Circle and in 1970 
was the recipient of the Out- 
standing Alumna Award. The 
long list of community organiza- 
tions for which she volunteered 
includes the League of Women 
\bters. the Maplewood Service 
League, the Red Cross and the 
PTA; she also served on the 
Board of Education in South 
Orange and .Maplewood and on 
the boards of the Girl Scouts 
and the Garden Club. At Sweet 
Briar, where she graduated in 
Economics and Sociology' in the 
class of 1930. she was head of 
Lake and president of the Ger- 
man Club and was also active in 
the French Club, the Internation- 
al Relations Club and the New 
Voters League. 

Gladys lives in Short Hills. 
New Jersey with her husband 
Leonard, a retired investment 
banker. Their daughter Nancy 
Ceros. wife and mother of four, 
is studying at Virginia 
Theological Seminary. Their son. 
Bill, died in August '86 after a 
long illness; he is survived by his 
wife and four children. Both 
Gladys and Leonard have always 
given of their time and their 
worldly goods unselfishly will- 
ingly and generously 



Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Frank F'. Hanold 

(Oma Davis AC) October 6. 198(- 
Mrs. W. Nivison Waller (Edith 
Hyslop .'\C) October 4, 1986 
Mrs. Clarence J. Joel 

(Iloe Bowers '18) June 1986 
Miss Alma Harrison '19 

June 25. 1986 
Mrs. James G. Murrin (Willetta 

Dolle '24) September 1986 
Mrs. \\. Stewart McDonald (Anna 
Cleaveland '25) March 20. 1986 
Mrs. Gordon Ivey (Margaret 
Krider '26) August 1986 
Miss Elizabeth Forsvth '27 

May 8. 1986 
.Mrs. Claire H. Arnold (Claire 

Hanner '27) October 17. 1986 
Mrs. John Baugher, Jr (Virginia 

Hippie '28) August 17, 1986 
Mrs. Herbert A. Snow (Kathleen 

Conover '33) August 12, 1986 
Mrs. Wa\Tie R Bryer (Deborah Isabel 
Gale '34) September 19, 1986 
Miss Ruth Chartener '38 

September 2, 1986 
Mrs. Lynn D. Durham (Fredda 

Turner '43) September 16. 1986 
Mrs. Robert R Ross (Barbara 
Furbush '44) June 30. 1986 
Mrs. Henry M Barker (Marilyn 
Ackerson '50) September 5. 1986 
Mrs. Robert Gillen. Jr. (Carol 
Clark '55) February 1986 



Nancy Wynn Dies 

Nancy Edith Wynn. age 51, 
associate professor in theatre arts, 
died at Sweet Briar on August 1 7. 
1986. A memorial service was held 
in the Chapel on August 21. 
Members of her family students 
and former students, friends and 
colleagues, were in attendance. 
Professor Wynn held the B.S. 
from Kent State University, the 
M.A. from the L'niversit\- of Akron, 
and the M. Phil, and Ph.D. from the 
City L'niversity of New York. 
Before coming to Sweet Briar as 
department chairman in 1984, Pro- 
fessor Wynn had taught for nine 
years at Wells College (Aurora. 
New York) where she was a tenured 
associate professor in theatre and 
dance. Among her varied research 
interests were American musicals 
and the works of American play- 
wright Sophie Treadwell. a contem- 
porary of Eugene O'Neill, whose 
complete manuscripts Professor 
Wynn was studying. 

Along with her academic creden- 
tials and interests. Professor Wynn 
was an experienced actress, dancer, 
director, and playwright. Her 
earlier experiences had included or- 
chestra director scene designer and 
carpenter, editor for a TV nightly 
news show (in Columbus, Ohio), 
teacher in the .-American Panto- 
mime Theatre, and she had been a 
member of the Radio Citv Music 
Hall Rockettes. 

She is survived by her mother 
sister, and three children. 




Donna M. Walker 



Two New Admissions 
Staff Members 

Donna .M. Walker, a 1980 
graduate of Vassar College 
where she was student bod\- 
president, has joined Sweet 
Briar's staff as assistant director 
of admissions. Most recently she 
worked for 'Vassar. developing 
alumnae/i programs and public 
relations publications and 
assisting in recruitment of 
minority students. She holds the 
A.B. degree in Political 
Science/International Relations 
and is an M.A. candidate at the 
Johns Hopkins University School 
of Advanced International 
Studies. Her field. International 



Jennifer Crossland 



Legal Studies/International 
Economics, led to her enrollment 
in Johns Hopkins' program at 
the Bologna Center in Italy for 
one year. 

Jennifer Crossland. appointed 
admissions counselor, is a 1986 
graduate of Sweet Briar and has 
already had recruitment ex- 
perience: her sister Caroline 
entered SBC this fall as an Early 
Decision Freshman. Jenny comes 
from Charlotte. North Carolina 
and was a Political Econom>- 
major at Sweet Briar She was 
also a member of the swim team 
and house president of Reid. 




John McClenon. Rebecca .McCord McN'utt and .Alexandra Eddv 



Faculty Recital 

The addition of violinist/musi- 
cologist M. Alexandra Eddy to 
the music department was 
marked with a faculty recital of 
chamber music in the Sweet 
Briar Memorial Chapel on 
October 5. 1986. Ms. Eddy, who 
holds the Ph.D. from Stanford 
L'niversity. has performed widely 
as a violinist in the San Fran- 
cisco Bay area for the past seven 
years. She was joined by pianist 
Rebecca M. McNutt. as.sistant 



professor of music, in perform- 
ing Stravinsky's Suite ilolicnin 
and the Somila in d minor. 0/)iis 
lOS. by Brahms. Clarinetist John 
McClenon. professor and chair- 
man of the department of 
chemistry, who plays in the 
Lynchburg S\niphon\- as well as 
leads his own Big Band, joined 
in performing Bartok's Conlrasls. 
a work combining jazz sounds 
with the idiom of East European 
folk music. 



Notices continue 



on p. 48 



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Sweet Briar College 



Student Enrollment 

Approximately 74 percent are from 
out-of-state and more than half are 
graduates of public schools 

Number of Faculty 

94 percent with earned doctorate or 
appropriate terminal degree 

Library Holdings 



Tuition, room and board for 
1986-87 

(actual cost per student of SBC 
education in 1985-86) 

Total grant aid awarded 

Percentage of students receiving 
direct financial aid from College 

Percentage receiving some form 

of aid (National Merit, Guaranteed 
Student Loans, campus jobs, State 
grants, Sweet Briar Scholars, etc.) 

Average grant 

awarded to student 



665 including abroad and visiting 
students 



67 full time (includes those on 
sabbatical) 



200,000 volumes, with additional 
holdings in microprint and microfilm 
and a current periodical list of more 
than 970 titles 

$12,000 

$20,907 



$963,600 

32% of all on-campus students 
35% of new students 

75 percent 



$4,500 for upperclassmen 
$5,400 for freshmen 



UPDATE: 

Facts About 

Sweet Briar 

College 

1986-87 



Average financial aid package $7,000 
(grant, loan, and job) 

Endowment for 1985-86 (book $34,179,333 
value) 



Endowment for 1985-86 
(market value) 

Endowment for 1985-86 

(market value per student) 



$40,241,179 



$58,152 



In addition to 31 major fields of study, students at Sweet Briar may also 
choose from interdisciplinary majors and interdepartmental majors. These 
include American Studies, British Studies, Classical Studies, French Studies, 
German Studies, Italian Studies, Mathematical Physics, Pre-Engineering 
Science, Biology/Chemistry, International Affairs, Political Economy, and 
coordinate majors in Environmental Studies and European Civilization. 
Sweet Briar offers dual degree programs in Engineering and Business. In 
addition, coordinate programs are offered in Environmental Studies, Euro- 
pean Civilization, Business Management, and Arts Management. A special 
program is also offered in Asian Studies. 

Opportunities for study abroad include the Junior Year in France, Junior 
Year in Spain, Junior Year in England, study at the Heidelberg University, 
participation in the Middlebury Program in Florence, study in Rome, and an 
exchange program with St. Andrews University, Scotland. In 1986-87 for the 
first time a Sweet Briar junior is studying in China, at the University of 
Peking. Summer study is available at St. Anne's College, Oxford University, 
England, through the Virginia Program at Oxford. 



Alumnae Magazine 



29 



1918 



Fanila Ferris Welsh's daughter, 
Sallie. wrote to say that her mother 
celebrated her 90th birthday m May 
Fanitas second great grandson 
arrived in July, born to her grand- 
daughter, Frances, and William 
Sutherland, brother of Mollie 
Sutherland Gwinn, SBC '55 Although 
Fanita spent only two years at Sweet 
Briar, her memory of that time is clear 
and she loves to reminisce about it. 



1922 



Catharine (VIcCann Becker sold her 
large family home and is now living 
quietly in an apartment m Marietta, 
OH, since the death of her husband in 
1976 and the death of her sister, 
Isabelle McCann Hibbard, SBC '22, m 
1983 Catharine's daughter, Joan 
Becker Taylor, graduated from SBC in 
'48 Both of Catharine's children and 
her 9 grandchildren are scattered from 
Ohio to Florida to Georgia to Arizona 
Catharine remembers fondly her Gram- 
mar Hall days with Emma Davis and 
Aline Morton Burt, From California, 
Aline writes that there are never 
enough hours in the day for her to 
accomplish her mulitude of routine liv- 
ing duties and endless financial 
record-keeping (complicated by 
unwelcome Medicare ligurings); she 
hopes that some day she will be able 
to report about her retirement' She 
enioys correspondence and telephone 
calls with her large, far-flung family 
which continues to graduate, marry 
and reproduce Aline is also frequently 
on the freeways, driving to her 
sister's in San Juan Caplstrano and to 
her son's busy family in Whittier 

Jeannette Kidd Sheridan is still 
active and keeping busy in Baltimore 
She has 5 grandchildren, all so busy 
following careers that she sees no 
immediate prospect of any great- 
grandchildren. Jeannette still swims 
but could no longer swim the length 
of the Sweet Briar lake and back' 



1926 



President 

iVIartha Bachman IVIcCoy (Mrs 
Thomas), P Box 192. Signal Moun- 
tain. TN 37377 
Secretary 

Kitty Blount Andersen (Mrs Fred C ). 
Bayport. MN 55003 
Fund Agent 

Lois Peterson Wilson (Mrs. Howard 
W ), 2127 Collinway, Apt 4, Toledo, 
OH 43606 

It was great hearing from so many 
of you. Those who couldn't make the 
class deadline, please keep your cards 



and send them in anytime, for our 
next edition 

Ruth Will Beckh dubs our 60th-Best 
Ever Unfortunately. Frances Dunlop 
Heiskell became ill and was hospital- 
ized She was to have been Ruth's 
roommate but Karl took her place. He 
calls himself "Mascot ot '26 " Family 
reunions and short trips through the 
fall will keep Ruth on the move 

IVIarge Shepherd joins the chorus of 
those who wish they could have 
attended reunion. She keeps in touch 
with Betty IVIoore, Mary Briston, 
Frances Dunlop and Cathy via her 
friend, the telephone 

Ellen Newell Bryan reports the 
arrival, soon after her return from 
SBC, of her first great-grand, a girl 
Mary Lane Bryan '58 is the grandma 
For Ellen, it is Sea Island for the sum- 
mer, Boston in the late fall for girl 
scout board meetings, then on to 
Florida for Wright's reunion with ex 
prisoners-of-war 

Mary Lib Arthur, remembering the 
fun of our 55th, was most sad 
because our common enemy, bur- 
sitis/arthritis, hit at reunion time. She 
IS still the pianist ol her retirement 
home 

Dot Keller (lift reports she and 
daughter Bambi drove up to the sum- 
mit of Mt. Eraus, CO, the highest auto 
road in the US, to escape the in- 
tense heat and the TV coverage of 
Miss Liberty on 4th July. Planned in 
Jan Is a Panama Canal trip with her 
3 children. 

Mart Bachman McCoy is all aglow 
about being Proxy ol the class of '26" 
— a diminishing but stalwart group 
She is very "horticultural" and hav- 
ing a great time. 

Peg Posey Brubaker is still very 
involved with the Manor, a church 
retirement home Plans to visit her 
only granddaughter who will be 
spending her junior year (from 
Williams) at Oxford. Helen Dunleavy 
(one of our reunmg 8) enioyed the feel 
of good old college days: is all geared 
up for trips to Phoenix where she is 
on several boards Gertrude Collins 
Calnan has been trying to clear up 
European insurance claims for years 
She is relaxing in a Life class at the 
Institute of Art in Tucson and she and 
Eric plan to renew old friensships in 
Brussels and Pans this winter Edna 



Lee Gilchrist complains that lite is dull 

— though she's grateful for that. She 
and Jo love their new apartment. They 
had a short trip to Maryland, near 
Cambridge, to see Joan and Steve's 
new/old house. All the way down, 
she kept recalling the first trip she 
and I took aeons ago to visit Cornelia 

— and how amazed we were at the 
flatness of the land 

Dot Fairbairn Miller, another re- 
unioner. Iinds visiting her 3 daughters 
and 3 sons takes up most ol her 
travel energy but she also spends 3 
weeks on Sanibel Island. PL 

A letter from Peg Krider Ivey, writ- 
ten 2 weeks before her sudden death, 
tells of her regret at having missed 
our 60th, especially after hearing all 
about it from Betty Moore. Peg still 
called herself an avid bridge player 
Betty Moore Rusk and Lois Peterson 
Wilson had an enjoyable trip north 
from SB via Eastern Shore of Md. 

In early June, I attended the wed- 
ding of Ken Hughes III, grandson of 
Dot Bailey Hughes and son of my god- 
son. Ken Bailey Hughes II It was my 
first visit to Oklahoma City, the largest 
city in the US.: it stretches for miles 
on end. 

Don't forget the Alumnae Fund — 
Have fun — Keep busy — Until next 
year, God bless 



1930 



Secretary 

Mary Huntington Harrison (Mrs 

E Webster), 3580 Shaw Ave , Apt 

527, Cincinnati, OH 45208 

Fund Agent 

Gladys Wester Morton Mrs Leonard 

M). P.O Box 308, Short Hills, NJ 

07078 

I have had a glorious time reading 
your postals Thank you Pig Sproul 
Bush is living alone on her farm She 
visits Ned often at a nursing facility in 
Staunton, Virginia Polly Swill Calhoun 
and Jo GIbbs DuBois visited her in 
May on their way to reunion. Virginia 
LeHardy Bell is watching her two 
great grandchildren grow up in Seal 
Cove, Maine Slowing up does not 
occur to Carolyn Martindale Blouin and 




Class ol 1926 



Class 
Notes 



Maury He has |ust initiated a new 
facet ol his business and she vigils 
works at getting the South Berwick, 
Maine library on a firm footing, con- 
tacts innumerable friends and never 
sounds weary Their son, Craig, 
climbed in the Himalayas in the winter 
of 86 Eunice Wallers Coolbaugh and 
Dick celebrated their 50th with their 
whole family Lib Marslon Creech and 
Si have moved to an apartment in 
Naples, Fl Mary Bruce Daily and 
Lewis cruised through the Panama 
Canal and the Caribbean m 1985. 
Betsy William Gilmore took the SBC 
sponsored tour on the stern wheeler 
Delta Queen and reports that it was 
"magic " Mona Stone Green and 
Thornton play a lot of golf and get out 
of Arizona in the summer when they 
travel around seeing family and 
friends. They had lunch with Carolyn 
Blouin when in Maine Scoolie 
Gorsllne sent a graphic description of 
the flood in Richmond She wrote that 
Louise Nelson Redd has recovered 
from a broken hip and is mobile 
again Gladys Wester Horlon s 
daughter, Nancy, is studying at 
Virginia Theological Seminary. Gladys 
writes that Nancy is also a "good 
mother."" We extend our deepest sym- 
pathy to Gladys on the death of her 
son. Bill He died after a long bout 
with "olivo ponto cerebrac degenera- 
tion", a disease similar to Lou Gerhig 
disease 

Adelaide Wampler Kundahl travels 
frequently with her son and his fami- 
ly. This year it will be to China 
IVIeredilh Oakford Johnson was in the 
throes of moving to a senior citizen 
complex near her previous home in 
Longmont. Colorado Martha Lambeth 
Kilgore's elder daughter has a Ph.D. 
m Math and teaches at Exeter Lambie 
has moved back to Nashville Emmy 
Riely Lemaire is still getting used to 
being a "return" resident in New 
York city after living in Portugal tor 12 
years Boyce Lokey Martin and Harold 
celebrated their 50th at their cabin in 
North Georgia It has a wonderful 
name. "The Amiable Slum ". It was a 
thrill to hear from Lambie and Boyce 
after so many years 

Thanks to Betsy Williams Gilmore i 
can report that Liz Copeland Filmore 
was awarded the Distinguished Alumni 
award for devoted service to St 



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Sweet Briar College 



Annes-Belfield School, We con* 
gralulate you. Liz Lucy Shirley Otis 
went to England in June to attend the 
Shirley family reunion at Ellington 
Park, The Shirley family is the only 
English family to have held its land 
since the Domesday Book was com- 
piled in 1086, This is its 900th 
anniversary, 

Elizabeth Saunders Ramsay keeps 
the Episcopal Church Women of West 
Tennessee in line as their president 
Sims Massey Rand writes that her life 
m Americus, Georgia is routine but it 
sounds busy to me as well as inter- 
esting with hospital volunteering, 
bridge, and while on a cruise to 
Jamaica, a tumble and a number of 
days m a wheelchair Serena and 
Mark Stevens attended the Statue of 
Liberty festivities in NYC on July 4 
They missed the goings-on at SBC in 
Sept, because they were on a barge 
trip in France Evaline Edmonds 
Thoma did not find Florida to her lik- 
ing and IS moving back to Arizona, 
She pursues her golf and recently 
attended Golf school 

Margaret Taliaferro Battle planned to 
stay with Lizzie Stevenson Tate while 
in Wilmington. NC to check on a 
94-year-old uncle Taliaferro will have 
a cousin at SBC in '86 Dougie Lyon 
Stedman divides her time between 
Florida and Rosemont. PA Mary Moss 
Sutlifle and Bob are happy in their 
navy apartment complex quite near 
members of their family, Kathryn 
Graham Seiter has joyful memories of 
SBC We check on each other by 
phone periodically Ruth Hasson Smith 
has lost her sight but she can enjoy 
the fragrance of her boxwoods Delma 
Chambers Stegler has had a rough 
year We hope things will look up for 
you Delma. Sherrill Bromfield Verner 
feels good about still having her hair 
and teeth That's more than some of 
us can claim' She sometimes sees 
Willie Smith McConnel. 

Elizabeth Carnes is one busy lady 
She tutors 3rd grade children in math, 
babysits with a group of deaf children 
and takes care of banking and shop- 
ping for a crippled blind lady In July 
she was off on the SBC cruise around 
the islands of Britain Kay Marr White 
and Jimmy are planning to build a 
house. That's truly young at heart' 
Gvi/en Olcott Writer and Jun, have 
weathered a bout of ill health but are 
getting back to normal Betty Boone 
Willis and Bob are well, quote, in 
spite of the aging process" My sad 
news is that our gallant class presi- 
dent. Marjorie Sturgis Moose passed 
away m June. 

Eleven of my family reunited at 
Elkhorn Ranch for the 1985 Christmas 
holidays My health is great and I am 
as happy as if I had good sense. 
Keep the news coming — you have 
made my year! 



1934 



President 

Katharine Means Neely (Mrs 
Rodgers). Baylors Lake. P Box 76. 
Fleetville. PA 18420 
Secretary 

Anne Corbltt Little (Mrs Lamar W ), 
140 Fairview East. Tequesta. FL 
33458 
Fund Agent 

Elizbeth Bond Wood (Mrs Ernest 
M..Jr.), 1202 Greenway Court. Lynch- 
burg. VA 24503 

It was good to hear from so many 
of you. Your cards which came in ear- 
ly. I carefully put in a safe place to 
read and report later. Unfortunately, 
they are in such a safe place that I 
have been unable to find them' If i 
have lost your news, send me double 
news next time 

Unlike some of you I am still in my 
house. The idea of no lawn problems 
sounds wonderful Marion Gwaltney 
Hall enjoys her townhouse. She seems 
to be keeping her guest room full and 
likes not having the lawn to cut Kitty 
Means Neely stopped briefly to visit 
Cecil Birdsey Fuessle in Macon. GA 
Lib Scheuer Maxwell loves Charleston 
and her rented house and garden 
which her visitors say is beautiful 
She spent the month of July in Toron- 
to with her son John who has two 
restaurants. In Aug. she met Cecil in 
Boston and they went to see Bonnie 
Wood Stookey. They also hope to see 
Mary Moore Rowe who has a new 
granddaughter. Allison Rowe 

Eleanor Fitch Welch sold her house 
last spring and moved into a condo in 
the same area with a nice pool and 
lots of activities She is close to the 
beaches in St. Petersburg. FL Her 
vacation last Labor Day was knocked 
out by hurricane "Elena" No planes 
could get out 

Frances Darden Musick sold her 
house at Virginia Beach and moved 
into a condo in Williamsburg. 
Williamsburg Landing. They will be 
closer to their children and have one 
half of a twin house There is also an 
area reserved tor those who wish to 
garden, which Frances loves 

Many of you are still good 
volunteers Ruth Myers Pleasants is a 
part-time volunteer with the Piedmont 
Opera Theatre, Their office is near her 
retirement cottage and doing some- 
thing makes her feel a little less like a 
"has been". 

Nan Russell Carter works with han- 
dicapped cross-country skiers, and 
helps retarded children with 
therapeutic horseback riding. Her 
grandson. 15. still lives with them 
and attends special ed classes The 
most spectacular thing Julie de Col- 
igny did was to go to Vienna again for 
the SBC Winter-term course in 
Jan '86 She went in '85 as a 
member of the class and in "86 as 
Diane Moran's assistant It was fan- 
tastic but very cold Julia's sons are 



in Maryland now — Cal in Baltimore 
and Bill in Ocean Pines as a landscape 
architect. Daughter Anne and her two 
teenagers have come to live in 
Amherst and Amanda maintains a 
thriving business at S'Amanda's 
Anyone traveling near SBC shold try 
Julia's B & B with a beautiful view, 

Rosemary Frey Rogers was elected 
president of the State Association for 
the Preservation of Tennessee Anti- 
quities She will be busy visiting 19 
chapters and 12 sites statewide She 
serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals 
and the Regional Planning Commission 
of the Gallatine area It requires much 
reading and studying of ordinances. 
To break the monotony of winter days. 
Rosemary still does 'sub' teaching in 
high school She lost another old dog. 
so now has only five, 

Cordelia Penn Cannon serves on the 
boards of the North Carolina Botanical 
Gardens. Hospice and the Weather- 
spoon Art Gallery, She gives landscap- 
ing consultations and writes She is 
committed to conservation of the land 
She has two grandchildren at The 
University but would have preferred 
the single sex college (namely Sweet 
Briar) for the girl 

Virginia Foster Gruen had a busy 
year volunteering She helped run the 
Better Than New Shop at the Indian- 
apolis Art Museum and worked on her 
church's Holiday Bazaar and at The 
Children's Museum Haunted House at 
Hallowe'en, 

The National Archives still keep 
Mary Walton McCandlish Livingston 
busy and interested Her growing 
grandchildren are ever more fun 

Eleanor Alcott Bromley works with 
the Cleveland Council on World 
Affairs, After finishing her summer 
tennis, Eleanor took off to visit Turkey 
and Russia Last year she went to 
Japan. Taiwan. Thailand. Penang. and 
Singapore and touched base twice in 
Hong Kong She is concerned about 
how those countries will feed their 
growing populations. 

Others of our classmates travelling 
were numerous Nancy Butzner 
Leavell spent two weeks in Ireland in 
1985 on a trip sponsored by the 
English Speaking Union and the 
Georgian Society Nancy still lives in 
Charlottesville near two of her 
children They each have three 
children, five of whom have red hair 
Her daughter in Richmond also has 
three children but no redheads 

Ruth Myers Pleasants and Cliff took 
their whole family to St Thomas. VI, 
for Christmas, In May they went 
island hopping with two other couples 
to celebrate their 50th anniversary 

Mary Lee Ryan Strother had an 
interesting trip thru Scotland with an 
English Speaking Union group. They 
spent a week in Northumbna and 
another in the Lake District of 
England Great despite the ram which 
was bucketing " down 

In February, Mary Rogers Moser 
flew to Sydney, Australia for a few 
days, then boarded the Pacific 



Princess for a leisurely cruise back to 
San Diego. 31 days They stopped at 
New Zealand and several fascinating 
islands on the way back 

Last year Connie Turner Hoffman 
and her husband celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary Many of those 
years they lived abroad. In 1950 they 
went to Brazil with lour children. Bob 
was manager of Gulf Oil. After that 
they lived six years in London and 
loved it all They have six grand- 
children. The oldest is m second year 
Law School, the second youngest a 
freshman at UVA Connie still hopes 
her youngest. 11 years old. will go to 
Sweet Briar, 

Elizabeth Mayfield Chapman spent 
last winter in Richmond and had a 
great time catching up with her Sweet 
Briar friends there. She plans to go 
back this winter She visited in 
Boston in the summer and enjoyed 
visits from her children at home in 
Morven. N.C. 

Elizabeth Ogilby Sands retreats to 
Gloucester. Mass for the summer as 
she has since Beanie, the Shirley 
sisters, and I visited her the year we 
graduated Her three grown children 
are scattered Daughter Betsy built a 
house on "the Farm" and works at 
Westinghouse nearby Son John works 
at the Mariner's Museum in Norfolk 
and lives in Smithfield with his wife 
and 10-month-old daughter Bill and 
his family, two boys and a little girl, 
live in Colo Still pursuing her art 
work, Elizabeth just finished a studio 
in her garage, where she works in 
black and white drawings and 
lithographs. 

Though she couldn't make it to 
Reunion because of a big operation. 
Virginia Broun Lawson recently drove 
by SBC and enjoyed its beauty. Her 
husband Bob is on the board of the 
American Bar Asso, and they have 
some interesting trips They went to 
Wytheville to get cool and visit with 
their eight grandchildren there Broun 
had a visit with Nancy Butzner Leavell 
in the spring. 

Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy 
Hutchinson Howe whose husband, 
Spil, died in July '84 Dorothy had to 
have a hip replacement in Feb. '85. 
we hope she is feeling better now. 

Dorothy Turno Gardner has had a 
bad year with an ill husband as has 
Mitzi Hanifen Fried. We hope they are 
much improved 

As this goes to press I am off to 
visit friends in northern Italy, then join 
other friends and tour France for a 
month Stay well and keep me posted. 



1938 



Alumnae Magazine 



President 

Marion Brown Snider (Mrs Marion 

Z ), One. Beach Drive. Bayfront Tower 

No 805. St Petersburg. FL 33701 

Secretary 

Nancy Old Mercer (Mrs Blair G ). 

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4630 Lorraine Avenue. Dallas, TX 

75209 

Fund Agent 

Judy Semis Wills (Mrs Alan C ), 266 

Park Street. New Canaan, CT 06840 

Flossie Caven Crosnoe saw Carolyn 
Staman Ogilvie and Buckner in April 
Flossie's Ralph retired and tliey went 
to Expo '86 m May Cornelia Armfield 
Cannon's doctor husband |ust retired 
and they are busy tripping with 4 
children m NC and Memphis. TN 
Eyiese Miller Latham continues to 
treasure her June family reunion in 
Virginia. Their son is in Atlanta and 
daughter in Cincinnati. Susan Gibson 
Davenport reports Stevie has retired 
as rector of St Francis in the Fields 
in Prospect. KY Their SBC daughter 
Stuart Davenport Simrill '70 lives in 
Louisville where her husband is at the 
Cathedral Lucile Sergeant Leonard 
says she'd love a visit or call from 
any Briarite passing through the 
Ozarks Betty Dail Windeler reioices 
that her one child and his family of 5 
children live in Cincinnati now She 
sees Betty Helzer Hickenlooper 
regularly and Dottle Matlier Goyert 
occasionally. 

Kay Hoyt tripped from hot, humid 
Baltimore to Montana for three weeks 
and had a fantastic time enjoying out- 
door life — her first rodeo, bird- 
watching etc August 1 found her in 
Maine 

Mary Ann Housel Carr telephoned 
when she flew through Dallas. We 
mourned the passing of Fran Samuels 
Fellows. 

A hep grandmother is Margaret 
Welmer Shepherd who supplies 
lunches and snacks for grandchildren 
who swim at the club across the 
street. She plays golf, which is good 
for her injured back, and keeps in 
touch with Maude Tucker Drane. She 
had an art trip to Pans and another 
week in London. Her son. Tony, was 
elected to his 5th term in the state 
legislature. 

Let's all envy Virginia Guild Colmore 
who engineers an SBC reunion every 
18 months' This April. Betty Hopper 
Turner, Sammy Hamilton Schuck, 
Kitty Corbett Powell, Helen Walton 
Andrae, Dottle Gilbert Browne and 
Janet Forbush Fead spent a week 
with Virginia on Lookout Mountain and 
never stopped talking! 

Marion Fuller Kellogg has 5 grand- 
daughters — hopes one will go to 
SBC At least she has a grandson at 
UVA Ida Todman Pierce spent 11 
days in Germany, then cruised on the 
Danube Janice Wiley Adams from 
Maine is taking her favorite trip by rail 
from Montreal to Vancouver, then on 
to a reunion with our dance instructor, 
Nora Staael and her surgeon husband 
in Portland, OR She hopes to come 
home via Denver, and see Ces Jansen 
Kendrick. (As I write this, I am in 
Buffalo Creek, CO, one hour from 
Denver, where we've been coming for 
32 years Let's meet next year, Ces') 

Isn't it marvellous to have reached 

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retirement for husbands' Dot Thomas 
Upton reports they still breed beef 
cattle and raise soy beans; otherwise 
it's golf and travel. She returned to 
SBC with an auburn-haired grand- 
daughter. Susan Cobb, for a two-day 
prospective student visit Isabelle 
Franke De Graaf, still an Elder in her 
Church in St. Petersburg, goes to 
Folk School in NC to improve her 
dancing, and travels to visit her 
children and grandchildren Molly 
Talcott Dodson and the other Roanoke 
alums had a successful bash for 
Nenah Fry and the Whittakers 
Rebecca Kunkle Hogue winters in Ft 
Myers, FL and summers in Ridge, NC 
where their children and grands |0in 
them for golf, tramping, birdwatching, 
picnicking, and blowing cobwebs 
away Dorothy Gipe Clement is a hap- 
py gardener while her husband and 
son are the backbone of the Toledo. 
OH Rowing Club. They have 8 grand- 
children Dorothy visited with Janet 
Forbush Fead (Stardust) at Cranbrook- 
Kingswood Alumni Day 

Barbara Ferguson Hill writes that 
they are in Stuart, FL in the winter 
and Cape Cod in the summer. Fergie 
plays lots of golf and tennis and spent 
last Christmas in London with a 
granddaughter Because of her 
emphysema, Helen Hays Crowley has 
moved to Judson Manor, Apt 107, 
1890 East 170 Street, Cleveland. OH 
44106. She is now adjacent to the Art 
Museum. Concert Hall and Cultural 
Center and plans to enjoy them all 
Bobble Derr Chenoweth hopes to 
exchange their summer home in NC 
for one in England next year ('87) 
We all mourn losing Mary Cobb Hulse 
in May. 

We are all blest to be "here" in 
the summer and 'there " m the 
winter. Pauline Swan, like Fergie, 
winters in Florida and summers on 
Higgins Lake in N Michigan Pauline 
was planning an August family 
reunion of 16 plus a sister from Waco. 
TX and a cousin from Corsicana, TX 
Kitty Corbett Powell and Ben saw 
Janet Bergmann and Betty Hopper 
Turner on Cape Cod in July Kitty 
visited with Frances Bailey Brooke and 
Jackie Moore Hoofnagle (SBC '36) at 
the VMI reunion of the class of '36 
Frances visits her 94 year-old mother 
who is hapily living in her own home 
in Augusta. George and Frannie loved 
Bermuda in June. In August they 
went to Seattle, visited Expo '86 and 
had a cruise to Alaska — bound to be 
cooler there than in Lexington! Amelia 
Hewlett Bowers' daughter, Yancey, 
was married last spring in Georgia. 
Amelia is semi-retired and loves the 
freedom she now has to travel with 
Marion and to visit their 6 shared 
children Thus far. their 3 weeks in 
Scotland was tops They saw Polly- 
anna Shotwell Holloway in Baton 
Rouge Pollyanna has an active and 
joyous family of grands and great- 
grands to take on vacations. Marge 
Thaden Davis's 4th grandchild was 
born in April. Their oldest daughter. 



Suzanne, is the administrator of the 
news desk for Time and lives in NYC 
All the Davis clan planned to gather at 
l^orth Truro in August '86 Brownie 
Snider and her 13 year-old grand- 
daughter, Happi, spent a month in 
Switzerland They made their HO in 
Ouchy and trained and walked Walk- 
ing and climbing compensated lor the 
French pastries, Italian pastas and 
Swiss chocolates! 

An alumna from Lynchburg writes 
of her increased mobility after foot 
surgery and two hip replacements: 
husband Joe had double bypass 
surgery in 1984 They went to Knox- 
ville in August to see daughter, Ann, 
receive her Ph D in clinical 
psychology from the Univ of Tenn 
There was no signature on her 
postcard — hope she will write in and 
tell us who she is 

Carolyn Potter Ryburn and I play 
gin rummy together and share a flat 
(with husbands) on Berkeley Square 
in London the first two weeks of 
September — perfect' This summer, 
the Ryburns were in Bermuda with 
children and grandchild, Frannie, and 
we were in Buffalo Creek, CO 

Wish each of you could be class 
secretary, so that you could 
experience the warm pleasure of 
receiving the post cards which keep 
our connections strong. Let us all join 
for a big HUG at SBC in 1988! 



1942 



President 

Sally Schall Van Allen (Mrs. William 
K ). 265 Cherokee Road, Charlotte, 
NC 28207 
Secretary 

Sudie Clark Hanger (Mrs William A). 
36 W Brookhaven Drive NE. Atlanta, 
GA 30319 
Fund Agent 

Sally Waike Rogers (Mrs. Sally C ). 
1495 Minor Ridge Court, Char- 
lottesville, Va. 22901 

Our 45th Reunion is coming' May 
22-24. 1987, Please don't plan any 
babies or marriages for those dates 
but mark a big red SBC on your 
calendar right now. Next, go find pic- 
tures of you, your spouse, boyfriend, 
children, granchildren, pets, house, 
boats, businesses, whatever interests 
you and mail them to me tor our 
scrapbooks, which will be on display 
at Reunion. Send in your vital 
statistics. How much have you lost or 
"fleshed-ouf"' How many successes 
or failures' Have you been born 
again' What challenge lies ahead of 
you'' You may as well get this infor- 
mation off now with your Christmas 
cards. 

I'm writing this in early July as Bill 
and I are preparing to swap houses 
with a couple from Cobham, England, 
|usl 30 minutes from London, for 3 
weeks in July and August. Five of our 



7 children and spouses are planning 
to come over while we re there Helen 
Sanford tells me that Margaret Becker 
Schiltges has spent many months in 
England over the years and has 3 
married daughters: one in Germany, 
one in Washington DC and one in 
Atlanta Grace Lanier Brewer can top 
that She has 4 married daughters, 
living in Memphis, Birmingham, 
Franklin, VA and Chester, SC respec- 
tively' Grace enjoyed a trip to 
England, Ireland and Wales last year 
Jean Hedley Currie traveled to 
Washington, Maine and Europe, then 
back to Ocala. FL, Betty Dullield 
Fajans (Duffy) has retired from her 
country inn business Her eldest son. 
Norm, was married in October; Libby 
gave birth to Duffy's second grand- 
child in Dec and her twin just an- 
nounced her engagement Wendy is 
working with 6 Norwegian horses and 
youngest son Wayne is in the 
telephone business in MD Alice 
Williams Mighell sent an address for 
long-lost (to usi Sally Page Williams 
Burbank, now living in W Palm 
Beach I saw Alice last summer at 
Grandfather Mountain. NC. where she 
and Joe have a second home She's 
still young and beautiful Mary Ellen 
Thompson Beach has remarried and is 
now Mrs. Robert Ela of Madison. Wl 
'No really new news." writes Lucy 
(Army) Case. New furnace, new 
water heater, new driveway, new roof 
— no new husband. That could be 
the last straw'" Margaret Preston 
Moore was visited by 3 hurricanes in 
'85. Elena forced them to evacuate 
their home at 100 am as salt water 
covered their lawn Fortunately, the 
house was spared. Juan flooded the 
lawn again and Kate threatened, but 
then by-passed them. Frannie Meek 
Rowe has traveled from New Zealand 
to the Scottish Highlands where she 
stayed in a beautiful inn near Glencoe 
called Ardslea House While admiring 
the paintings, she discovered that the 
proprietors were Jane Keating Taylor, 
SBC '54, and husband Frannie also 
reported the birth of a son, June 9, to 
her son Randy, a Delta pilot After 
welcoming their 6th grandchild last 
December, Ruth Jacquot Tempest and 
Rone went off to Peru, Brazil and 
Argentina Eleanor Ringer Linn says 
she's using her SBC education to help 
her fill out those "ever-trickier" forms 
for her seriously ill husband, John 
She's staying close to home, needless 
to say Others content not to wander 
the globe are Barbara Ripley Furniss, 
happily retired in southern Arizona, 
Jane Taylor Lowell, enjoying a glorious 
Florida winter with church, friends, 
swimming etc., and Florence Bagley 
Witt and husband Raymond , both ex- 
tremely busy in community activities 
in Chattanooga 

Dotty Hutchings Donley finally 
became a grandmother in Dec. '85, 
with the birth of grandson. Carter 
Robinson Scott After 3 sons and 2 
grandsons, Sally Schall Van Allen had 
a granddaughter m Aug. '85 Sally 

Sweet Briar College 



was ecstatic to have her namesake 
living in Charlotte, |ust 3 blocks away 
Helen Sanford has had an extremely 
busy and successful year as Reunion 
Gifts Chairman for the entire College 
She went to California twice in June, 
once lor the graduation of her niece 
from Stanford, and again for the wed- 
ding of another niece in Berkeley, In 
August she is planning a trip to 
Jamestown, Rhode Island to visit Betty 
Hanger Lippincolt and Schuyler who 
are hosting a mini-reunion at their 
summer home just across the bay 
from Newport Betsy Gilmer Tremain, 
Ann Hauslein Potterfield, Lette 
Moomaw Hall. Elsie Diggs Orr 
and I, plus husbands, are also plan- 
ning to attend 

We were all saddened to learn of 
the death of Harry Muiler-Thym, hus- 
banti of Grace Bugg. which occurred 
the first week of July, 1986 We send 
our deepest sympathy too to Alice 
Sweney Weed whose husband, 
George, died in September '86 

Dorothy Malone Yates and husband 
Charlie had a delightful trip to the 
British Isles in May They were met in 
London by their grandson who was 
spending his spring semester from 
Dartmouth studying and interning in 
the British Parliament While Charlie 
played golf m Scotland, Dorothy 
toured English gardens with friends, 
then they went oft to France tor a 
barge trip on the Canal du Midi Back 
home, Dorothy fell and broke her wrist 
for the second time in two years, 
Charlie is being inducted into the 
Southern Golf assoc Hall of Fame in 
July Patti Rose Early Trippet and hus- 
band Harry spent 3 weeks touring 
Germany, Switzerland and France by 
car. Charlie as driver and Patti as 
navigator She also reported a second 
granddaughter and a visit with 
Caroline Monteith Clarke. 

Add to our list of honored grads 
Sally Jackson Mead. Charlottesville's 
Woman of the Year for 1986 She was 
honored tor her outstanding work with 
the Charlottesville-Albemarle area 
SPCA animal shelter which she has 
run ever since she agreed to take the 
|ob "temporarily" in 1970 Also our 
own illustrious Ann Morrison Reams 
who has been advanced to a top posi- 
tion at Sweet Briar: she was named to 
the President's Executive Council 
which is composed of the live senior 
staff members of the College 

Bobby Engh Croft with husband 
Croswell was planning to attend a reunion 
of 150 relatives of the Croft family at 
the old home place in Cedar Moun- 
tain. SC, in August And speaking of 
reunions, "y'all come" to our 45th in 
May so we can prove to the world 
we're still a roaring-booming '42 



1946 

President 

Jean Love Albert (Mrs John G 

Alumnae Magazine 




Class of 1946 



Route 2. Box 112, Monroe, VA 24574 

Secretary 

Lynn Hannah Crocker (Mrs C 

Kenneth), 504 Stanwick Road, 

Moorestown, NJ 08057 

Fund Agent 

Bea Dingwell Loos (Mrs Dickson R ), 

6400 Garnett Drive, Chevy Chase. MD 

20815 

It IS six in the morning and all is 
quiet, Cami, (SBC '71) and her two 
children are still asleep upstairs They 
leave today, and tomorrow. Com (SBC 
'75) and her two children arrive! So I 
must write this now 

Ken and I enioyed seeing all of you 
who came to our 40th class reunion in 
May It was a beautiful weekend to 
renew friendships, meet husbands and 
tour beautiful Sweet Briar One of the 
highlights was the lovely concert given 
by Helen Graeff Ellerman and Ray in 
the Chapel, 

My thanks to all of you who sent 
me news in the short time I have 
been Secretary 

Caroline "Rudy " Rudulph Sellers, 
our class fund agent, sent wonderful 
news Two checks of $500 were 
waiting lor her on her return from re- 
union. So the class of '46 raised the 
unheard ol sum of $102,000' 

From Richmond, Jean "Polly" 
Pollard Kline writes that she and Bob 
have SIX children and three grand- 
children with another due in October 
They return to SBC frequently to visit 
friends, and loved being there again 
for reunion, Betsy Gurley Hewson and 
Tom, who was recovering from bypass 
surgery, were also there Tom is busy 
doing custom software They will be 
in Nantucket in July with visits from 
children and grandchildren As direc- 
tor and coordinator tor Meals on 
Wheels in Caswell County, NC, Lucy 
"Cholly" Jones Bendall has come out 
ol retirement She reports her hus- 
band IS improving nicely from two hip 
replacements and son, Gordon, from 
two broken arms! But she says. "'We 
had a nice ram so we all teel better,'" 
"Cholly" was also at reunion 



"Candy " Greene Manbeck missed 
reunion but was busy with grandchild 
number four, and studying Spanish 
(one year in eight weeks) at Yale Her 
children include a doctor in nuclear 
medicine, a teacher and two lawyers 
Husband, Harry, is a patent lawyer, 
but more important. |ust shot a 77 in 
golf! She has spoken with Leila 
Felner, and plans a visit with Rosie 
Ashby Dashiell. Ellen Bobbins Red is 
about to publish a book on the life of 
her great grandfather, a pioneer Texan 
and one time Charlestonian Interested 
in the environment, she says her 
favorite chanties include National 
Wildlife and Sierra Club, She plans a 
birding trip to Seattle this summer 
and a trip to Africa later From Allison 
Buchanan Herbertson comes news that 
they have moved into their retirement 
home near St, Andrews, Scotland, 
"overlooking the golf course to the 
sea". She writes. "If anyone is 
traveling in Scotland. I would be 
delighted to see them " Pat Thompson 
Bennett is teaching Eng at Daytona 
Beach Community Col Her youngest 
daughter, ol three, who was married 
in June, is a professor of English at 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ in the 
same area. For six weeks this sum- 
mer, Pat IS exchanging houses with a 
professor from the Univ. of 
Heidelburg. Germany Helen "Murch" 
Murchison Lane was sorry to miss 
reunion but was on a month-long trip 
to France, a part of which was spent 
ballooning in Burgundy! Their hostess 
for this adventure, as well as the 
chef"s mother, were graduates of 
SBC Small world, but as "Murch"' 
said. ""SBC girls do get around" 
Following reunion. Bea Dingwell 
Loos and Dick attended reunion at 
Dartmouth and the graduation of their 
youngest of six. Pam, This will be the 
first time since 1968 that they do not 
have at least one child in college and 
to celebrate, they are taking Pam and 
eldest daughter, Peggy, to England 
and Scotland for 3 weeks. Four of 
their children now have graduate 
degrees Louise "Weezie " Lloyd is 



still living with and caring lor Jeanette 
Stafford, who was paralyzed by polio. 
She is also active in several church 
groups. We missed Betty Ann Bass 
Norris at reunion, but it seems she 
smashed her ankle while showing pro- 
perty tor her real estate lirm in Green- 
wich, CT and was busy being put 
back together Her daughter is a 
private counselor in VA and was writ- 
ten up in Who's Who in the East. Her 
son. David, is in commercial real 
estate in Manhattan and son. George 
has moved into a group home and at- 
tends a sheltered workshop while 
"Bass " recuperates She sends news 
of Ellen Thackray Wilson and Nip. 
who have gone to their island in 
Georgian Bay. Ontario for July From 
Legare "Jinnie" Thompson Robertson 
comes news of a visit she and Freddie 
had with Nancy 'March" Sanders 
Starr and Harlan in Georgia and at 
their lake home in Alabama. renewing 
friendships after 25 years Freddie is 
retired and Jinnie sells real estate 
Their granddaughter, another Legare, 
1 1/2 yrs, spent the week of the 4th 
of July with them. Their three middle 
children are married and the oldest 
and youngest are working on extra 
degrees. 

Anne Hill Edwards expressed the 
way we all felt last May "'It was 
neat for all of us to be together for 
so many memorable moments. It 
was. indeed, a superior reunion "' 
There were 18 of us. including 
"Wheats " Young Call. "Ade ' Jones 
Voorhees. "Flo ' Cameron Atherton. 
Jean Carter Telford. "Libba " Fruite 
Metzenttiin. "Larry" Lawrence Kat- 
sidhe, Jean Love Albert, and 
Catherine Smart Grier, We were also 
grateful to be able to share this 
special time with Nancy Dowd Bur- 
ton's husband. Robert, and their love- 
ly daughter, Nancy's presence, her 
energy, generosity and encourage- 
ment, were all around us. 

Ken and I are looking forward to a 
trip to Hong Kong this fall tor our 
40th anniversary and to his retirement 
from Campbell Soup Co in the spring 
Then we'll have time for more golf, 
sailing, gardening and travel' 

I hear clamonngs lor breaklast, so I 
will leave my role as secretary and 
assume my role as grandmother. 

I hope to hear from all of you. II 
you would prefer to give your news by 
phone, please do My number is 
609-235-6261 



1950 



President 

Patricia Halloran Salvadori. (Mrs 

Mario) 9 Stratford. Arlington Heights, 

II 60004 

Secretary 

Diana Dent. 34 Meadowcroft Lane. 

Greenwich. CT 06830 

Fund Agents 

Anita K. Leroy Wing, (Mrs Wallace E Jr.) 

Second Private Road, Flossmoor. IL60422 

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Frances Cone Klrkpatrlck. Jr., 9 

Barley Mill Drive. Wilmington, DE 
19807 

Elaine Adams Harrison now serves 
as chairman of the Nat. Harrison 
Associates Corp., a development com- 
pany in which she works with her 
four sons. This year, she developed 
an aerial photography company. Fort 
Pierce, FL is home but mountain 
climbing takes Elaine abroad to Peru, 
Alaska, Western China and. in Nov 
1985. Mt Paldor in Nepal. Bill Bally 
Fritzinger's daughter Laurie Muldoon 
gave birth to quintuplets in February 
Two boys and 2 girls survived and are 
now home with older brothers Matt 
and Mike ages 5 and 2 On June 7, 
Bill's son Stephen married Karen 
Haabestad In the Heinz chapel in 
Pittsburgh. Bills parents, aged 85 
and 89. were among the wedding 
guests, Stephen is completing his 
final year at the Yale Architectural 
School 

Dotlie Barney Hoover reports hus- 
band Jack Is now semi-retired and 
they have time to travel. Between Feb. 
and June they went to FL.AZ, Mexico, 
OH and KY. Home Is Wilton, CT mak- 
ing it convenient for visits tor 3 
children and 4 grandchildren who also 
live in CT A fourth child is in Tucson, 
AZ Ann Belser Asher lives in 
Bethesda MD. summers m Nantucket 
and visits Antigua BWI for a few 
weeks each winter. Ann is Pres. of 
the Hospital lor Sick Children's Foun- 
dation which benefits Washington's 
long-term care facility for chronically 
ill and profoundly handicapped 
children from birth to 19 years. She 
also serves as a Trustee of the 
Maryland Chapter of the Nature Con- 
servancy and Is a member of her 
Church's altar guild Oil painting is 
one of Ann's interests She continues 
to be a student of French. Spanish 
and Art 

Sally BlanchI Foster will retire in 
April after 15 years as secretary of the 
Verona I^J Recreation Department She 
looks forward to increasing her own 
recreational time on the tennis courts 
Son Andy received, at graduation from 
U of CA Boalt Hall School of Law. the 
McBain Award given to the student 
best exemplifying scholarship and ex- 
cellence. He IS now working for 
Drinker. Biddle and Reath in 
Philadelphia. PA. After her first year 
of fulltime teaching, daughter Kate 
was chosen Teacher of the Year In her 
Dept of Planning at CA Polytechnic at 
San Luis Obispo, Labor Day weekend 
Kate married Andy's roommate. They 
have applied to serve in the Peace 
Corps Daughter Meg. in addition to 
caring for her daughter Sarah, has 
developed a French tutoring service. 
Edith Brooke Robertson s husband Is 
principal of the Miller School. a small 
military school for boys near Char- 
lottesville, Va. Last summer they 
visited Edith's sister Anne Brooke 
(SBC '54) who lives in Wales and has 
devoted the last 10 years to saving 

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the Welsh language. 

Veda Brooks Norfolk continues to 
operate a lour service from Baton 
Rouge. LA. Last June she escorted a 
group to the Wimbledon tennis 
matches and English countryside. Last 
May. her daughter Nancy graduated 
from Brown U, where she was captain 
of the women's tennis team. 

Frindy Burden Gronen sent a 
10-page letter with photos of her 
beautiful home and garden In Dubu- 
que. lA Her enjoyment and pride in 
her home, garden and family were 
evident on each page. Frindy. a 
widow of 19 years, has 3 children 
Son John, an insurance salesman, 
lives with her. In Oct. son Jim com- 
pleted Computer School In Denver at 
which time John and Frindy visited, 
taking a number of side trips in- 
cluding one to Aspen Daughter 
Elizabeth graduated from Carleton Col- 
lege with honors and is now studying 
in Boston. 

Nancy Carter Jewell has volunteered 
for 7 years at St Peter's Episcopal 
Church In Charlotte NC which runs a 
daily soup kitchen serving 150-200 
people. She serves on the board of 
the Episcopal Church Women Nancy 
and Dunbar enjoyed a trip to London 
followed by a drive through Spain and 
Portugal They have one son and one 
grandson In Atlanta and a daughter 
and son in Charlotte. A second grand- 
child was expected at the time these 
notes were prepared. 

Dolly Clark Rasmussen continues 
her 8-hour Thursday volunteer work at 
the White House answering the phone 
for the president. Dolly also worked 
for some local candidates running in 
the November election. Husband John 
attends many conferences and 
business meetings and Dolly en|oys 
traveling with him. Bookie Coryell 
Feldman after 13 years closed her 
store, the Willow Tree She now 
manages, with the help of her hus- 
band Jack, 4 rental properties and Is 
restoring a 25-year-old house. Each 
winter Bookie and Jack leave cold 
Michigan for sunny Indian Wells. CA 
taking a different route each time 
Bookie and Jack have 5 daughters 
and 3 grandchildren. Louise Curry 
Horine is staff psychologist at 
psychiatric hospital for children and 
adolescents In Louisville, KY. Louise 
has one daughter. Lynn, and a grand- 
daughter Lynn lives in Atlanta and Is 
a finance manager 

tVlary Ellen Davis Gettel is a part- 
time teacher of Spanish at Marquette 
U Last winter she sold her big house 
in Milwaukee and moved to a one- 
story house in Shorewood, Wl, She 
was thrilled to see her son efficiently 
carry out the legal work and her son- 
in-law who IS a contractor oversee 
beautifully the renovations in her new 
home Mary Ellen had a bad bout with 
arthritis this year and credits the 
move largely to the help of friends and 
family. 

District Court Judge, Patricia Denn- 
ing Hunt has a granddaughter named 



after her. 3 of her 4 sons are married. 
The oldest remains a bachelor and is 
an attorney and teaches at UNC-CH. 
Tnsh IS President of NC Prisoner's 
Legal Rights Advisory Board and 
Volunteers for Youth 

B. G. Elmore Gllleland s daughter 
Gay has moved back home temporari- 
ly. Son Stuart lives In Winter Park and 
has 2 daughters. Youngest daughter 
Lynn graduated last year from Duke 
Law School and is an attorney In Tam- 
pa B.G continues her work as cur- 
riculum resource teacher in an Orange 
County elementary school. Last sum- 
mer she took a French course at the 
U. of Montreal and lived with a 
French Canadian family, Barbara Favill 
Marshall lives in Northbrook, IL Her 
2 married daughters, one a lawyer 
and one a banker, live in Boston A 
single son lives in CA and publishes a 
tradebook about satellites. Barbara has 
been a member of the same Great 
Books group for over 30 years She 
was recently elected vice-chairman of 
the Ravina Festival Association with 
the responsibility of heading their 
annual fundraising drive with a goal of 
$1,925,000. Barbara also serves as a 
trustee of the Chicago-Symphony and 
a board member of the Volunteer 
Council of the American Symphony 
League 

Julia Freels Chwalik has 3 
daughters Judy studies in Orlando 
Cindy has a position in the physical 
fitness program at Dr.'s Hospital in 
Miami and also takes graduate 
classes, Susan attends Dade Jr, Coll, 
Julia and Walt leave Miami weekends 
for a small ranch in Brooksvllle While 
Walt does the tractor work Julia works 
on genealogy. They enjoy bird- 
watching. 

Debbie Freeman Cooper mistakenly 
thought she would have time to 
herself after her children married. Not 
so' She IS either opening up closed 
rooms m her Wallmgford. PA home to 
accommodate children and grand- 
children or she is visiting them to help 
out with a new baby or fill in when 
the daycare situation falls apart 
Oldest daughter Sally and husband 
live in Atlanta. Sally has 2 children. 
Rebecca and Peter, and is a 
rehabilitation counselor. Son Jim lives 
in Washington. DC. and is a 
meteorologist. He and his wife have 2 
sons. Daughter Dorothy and husband 
John live near Washington. DC. 
Youngest son Tom is playing musical 
|obs and lives in Orlando, FL. 

Bebe Gee Lawes and husband Elliot 
have a small commercial greenhouse 
operation on their farm in Troy, VA 
and raise lots of geraniums and 
assorted bedding plants. Bebe has 
also been managing a small H and R 
Block office in Louisa. VA. 

Ann Green Nicolson has started her 
own business in York. PA — Ann's 
Classics, LTD. She imports beautiful 
hand-glazed stoneware ceramics gift- 
ware from Western Germany She ex- 
hibited for the first time in the Labor 
Day Show in the Charlotte Merchan- 



dise Mart. Ann made a business trip 
to England. W Germany and Austria 
in May and June 

Jo Gulick Grant is currently par- 
ticipating in the operation of a local 
cooperative antiques shop in Lyme. 
IMH. She finds It a new and exciting 
venture She was also Involved in the 
management of a series of summer 
crafts fairs featuring area artisans Jo 
continues to teach Sunday School and 
sings with the local Chamber Singers 
group and Is auditing various courses 
in Italian literature at Dartmouth Coll 
Jo's third grandchild is due this 
December 

Pat Halloran Salvador! has confined 
her travels to the USA this year, visit- 
ing San Francisco for the first time. 
Pat IS a member of a committee in 
Arlington Heights. IL which has set 
up a pilot project of home 
maintenance for the elderly with 
teenagers doing the chores to enable 
the elderly to remain in their own 
homes. Daughter Margaret and son 
Robert graduated from Loyola U. this 
year, Sharon has one more year at 
Bard All 3 children are heading for 
graduate schools, 

Henrietta Hill Hubbard was expect- 
ing her 5th grandchild last August, 
Her oldest son is in the investment 
department with Central Bank and her 
youngest son is a partner in a law 
firm Henrietta is planning a trip with 
her children to Kenya next year She 
IS participating in a 4-year course 
Education lor Ministry, Garland Hunter 
Davies and Nick celebrated the arrival 
of two new grandsons this year: Allyn 
Copp Halsey in Feb and Nicholas 
Edward Sanders In June The grand- 
child total IS now 4. 

Betty Hutchens McCaleb describes 
herself as a fulltime homemaker and 
part-time grand-baby sitter. Husband 
John Is In his 37th year with his fami- 
ly business of sub-contracting Betty 
and John have 2 sons, a daughter 
and 2 grandchildren. Betty is a 
member of Grace Club, a service 
organization, and the Volunteer Action 
Center and periodically works for 
Republican candidates 

Lucy Kreusler Carey is one of 5 
state policy specialists in Aid to 
Families with Dependent Children in 
Maryland Son David graduated from 
Coll of Wooster. OH and is now 
attending U. of Baltimore Law School. 
Lucy's return trip to Russia is known 
to you through her article in this issue 
of the Alumnae Magazine 

Stokie Kyle Kimpel. now a resident 
of Rio Rancho NM. has had 2 photo 
exhibitions this year and has a third 
lined up The ma|or exhibit was at the 
Coronado State Monument Museum of 
NM The 40 photos exhibited are 
Stokie's first Impressions of New 
Mexico and a reflection of her favorite 
subject scenes of the countryside 
Fanchon Lewis Jackson is on the 
board of Bible in the Schools m Cor- 
pus Christ!, TX. Through the efforts of 
the board Old and New Testament are 
taught lor credit in 6 local high 

Sweet Briar College 



schools The courses are taught with 
emphasis on history and literature 
The board hires the teachers and 
raises the money for salaries. The 
Jacksons' favorite recreation is visiting 
the family cabin near Annlson, CO. 

Jane Lewis Zollicoffer reports her 
oldest daughter Jennie has been buyer 
and manager for Tyler House, a ladies 
clothing company. Son Allison re- 
ceived his MBA from UI\IC last spring 
and Is working for First Union Bank in 
IMYC. Fannie (SBC 80) attended UNC 
School of Journalism and Is working 
for the Westchester Reporter m White 
Plains, NY Ellen Is a student at 
Salena Coll. Jane is a vestry and altar 
guild member in her Church In 
Henderson, NC and a member of Area 
Christians Together In Service Bonnie 
Loyd Crane visited her daughter 
Mellnda Engel In Germany last fall. 
Melinda, a graduate of Harvard Law 
School, is finishing her PhD disserta- 
tion from Tufts in economics and in- 
ternational law Bonnie urges us all to 
visit Crane Collection when In Boston 
The gallery features works by 
American artists of the 19th and 20th 
centuries. 

Helen Missires Lorenz of Richard- 
son, TX serves as chairman of the 
language dept at the Hockaday 
School, teaching French primarily with 
a few Latin classes as needed She 
also teaches a beginning French 
course at Brookhaven Community Coll 
In May 1986 Helen presented a paper 
at the Pacific fJorthwest Council on 
Foreign Languages. This paper was 
an outgrowth of a (National Endowment 
for the Humanities grant: It concerned 
the film work of Jean Renoir and his 
cinematographic interpretations of cer- 
tain literary works of the 19th 
century 

Dorothy IVIontague Cholnoky, sur- 
rounded by classmates at their 40th 
reunion, was named to the board of 
Choate-Rosemary Hall Dotty also is on 
the Board of Trustees of Bruce 
Museum m Greenwich, CT and of the 
Green Fingers Garden Club Janet 
Neumark Fribourg used the class list 
to reconnect with Dotty after 38 years 

We send our sympathy to iVlary 
Morris Bootli whose father, George P, 
Gamble, 86, died in August 

Rita IVIurray Gourd is secretary- 
treasurer of her husband's business 
in Delray Beach, FL She also does 
bookkeeping for a local tennis pro 
Rita teaches a Yoga class once a 
week on a volunteer basis. 

Pat Owens Purvis is busy refur- 
bishing an old house on the ranch 
husband Tom has bought to grow oak 
trees 45 miles west of Fort Worth. Pat 
and her family visited England last 
August 

Glnny Page Love continues to love 
life in CA having moved to Los 
Angeles from Kansas City a year ago. 
She and Bill have put a lot of time 
and energy into fixing their hilltop 
home They have also done con- 
siderable traveling including; Egypt, 
Israel, FL, Jamaica. Wash DC and 

Alumnae Magazine 



St Louis 

Anne Peyton Cooper writes with 
pride that son Jim Is studying at 
Oxford U. for his Jr. year Nancy is a 
senior at Madeira and she and Ann 
have been busy doing the tour of col- 
leges. A family trip to England to visit 
Jim IS In the planning stages Joyce 
Roseborough Wliite enjoys gardening 
in Memphis, TN She has 4 children 
and 8 grandchildren and is active in 
her church and the Woman's 
Exchange 

Lola Steele Shepherd's youngest 
daughter Gina is editor of Virginia 
Wildlife Magazine which is noted for 
Its breath-taking artwork and GIna's 
excellent editorials Daughter Sallle 
Garrett Shepherd married 
d'Estournelles Chardon May 21 at the 
Rotch-Jones Duff House in New Bed- 
ford, MA "All I had to do was ar- 
rive" reported Lola. Sallle and Marc 
planned every detail of the wedding 
Including a Westport Square Dance 
after the reception Marc works for 
Digital Equipment and Sallle for Ep- 
silon Data They live In Concord, MA 

Nancy Storey White and Edward 
returned to the British Isles for their 
second summer of studies. They at- 
tended classes at Cambridge and 
Edinburgh Universities Nancy will be 
returning to Oregon In January to help 
daughter Marian and family as they 
wait for the birth of a third child 

IVlary Dame Stubbs Broad, while on 
the Stable Tour in Middleburg, VA, 
saw Ackie Easter Henderson com- 
peting in a driving contest at Foxcroft 
"She did quite well and took me for a 
ride " reported Mary Dame She and 
Doug covered lots of territory this year 
including Austria, Switzerland, Italy. 
Germany, Bermuda, British Columbia. 
Emerald Lake, NC. Michigan and a 
visit to Bookie Coryell Feldman in 
Petoshkey, Ml. Joan Teetor Saxe mar- 
ried Steven Marder m the fall of 1985 
at St Bartholomew's Church in New 
York City Joan and Steven divide 
their time between Scarsdale and 
NYC 

Betty Todd Landen has moved 
within Cincinnati from four stories of 
Georgian Colonial to 5 small rooms of 
California contemporary with a superb 
river view and is thoroughly enioying 
life. Both daughters are married — 
one to a Marine Lt at Pensacola, and 
one to a Cincinnati lawyer Husband 
Jake IS retired Irom banking and is 
busy serving on volunteer boards. 
Betty's mother, SBC class of 1922. is 
still driving her own car and keeping 
the family jumping 

Sally Webb Lent had the thrilling 
experience of being present Dec. 12, 
1985 at the birth of her grandson 
Javier Ruiz who was delivered by a 
nurse midwife in a hospital in CA. 

Jean Yanlck Snyder has 7 children 
who are all out of college and live 
within 150 miles of her home in 
Rockford. lA. Jean |ust completed 
building a new house on her farm 
She IS still busy decorating and trying 
to get a new lawn to grow. Jean con- 



tinues to work as a special education 
consultant. 

Thanks for sharing your news 
Let's keep in touch.! 



1954 



President 

Mary Dallls (Dilly) Johnson Jones 

(Mrs G. Paul. Jr.), 6296 Old Forsyth 

Rd , Macon. GA 31210 

Secretary 

Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs William), 

7352 Toogoodoo Road. Yonges Island, 

SC 29494 

Fund Agent 

Louise Aubrey McFarland (Mrs James 

A ). 6362 Goldbranch Road, Columbia, 

SC 29206 

Our class sympathies to Faith 
Rahmer Croker who lost her husband 
in February, 1986 We send condo- 
lences also to Jean Croker McMillan, 
his sister A double blow to our 
friends 

We need a current address for 
Janet McKallor Bates. If anyone 
knows, please let me know We found 
Mary Krotzer. She's at Bennington 
College in Vermont. 

Congratulations to Page Croyder, 
now Mrs. Bailey, teaching high school 
in El Paso And also to Janet Cozart. 
who is now Mrs Robert Ramsdell. 
They have huge family gatherings with 
three children each and the spouses 

Nancy Campbell Zinley is doing a 
lot of decorating A house she did, in- 
cluding stencilling, was House of the 
Month at Hilton Head and featured in 
the "Islander " magazine They have 
a condo in Aspen and 3 grand- 
children Their daughter, Lisa, has 
|ust finished 3 years teaching school 
in the Canary Islands. Mary Jane 
Roos and Dick Fenn have been taking 
youngest, Jennifer, around to see col- 
leges Older sister, Pamela, Is in 
publishing and Susan Is married Bet- 
sy Cushman Collins writes that her 
daughter married Bruce Collins — is 
now Caroline Collins Collins' Betsy 
Walker Duke's daughter. Bet. 
graduated from SBC 4 years ago and 
says they love it now |ust as we did 
All the Duke children were married in 
the past year — whew' The whole 
family vacationed again at Moosehead 
Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, last 
summer Anne Sheffield and Brad 
Hale's children both graduated this 
year. Sheffield from UVA Law and 
Ellen from Agnes Scott. Sheffield is 
traveling for a year — visited Polly 
Van Peenan and Joe Grimes in Tokyo 
Ruth Sanders Smith s son, Steven, 
has joined them in the business Son 
Ed was married this year Ruth and 
Norman added a hot tub to their 
bedroom during renovation See. 
we're still "with it " Anne White Con- 
nell and family spent Christmas in 
Aspen She's teaching French in 
Memphis and has decided that maybe 



she stressed marketable skills" so 
much that her professional children 
may never find time to marry. As a 
mother of 3 bachelors where "do- 
your-own-thing" was stressed, I can 
vouch that that's not it! Barbara 
Wilson Daniell writes glowingly of her 
son. Jim's wedding 

Joy Bennett Hartshorn look a 
course in England, the Attlngham 
Summer Program on English 
Decorative Arts Dan and 2 of the girls 
joined her for a 10-day trip through 
the countryside She's a guide- 
teaching specialist at Winterthur 
Museum, Kilty Willcox and Bill Reiland 
took their 4 children, 3 spouses, and 
2 grandchildren to Switzerland, 
Austria, and Germany for a wonderful 
Christmas vacation. Bill recently went 
back to school and got a masters in 
soltwear engineering Their doctor son 
and his doctor wife left Cape Cod and 
are running a public health clinic in 
Boaz. Ala. Dilly Johnson and Paul 
Jones went with the SBC group on the 
Danube Adventure and highly recom- 
mend the SBC tours The Hapalas 
were on the trip and everyone was 
very Impressed with him as a speaker 
— we knew that! Billy's daughter. 
Louise, is at the London School of 
Economics for her masters degree. 
Alice Harting Correa Is at the Universi- 
ty of St Andrews studying for her 
PhD m medieval history. Her 
daughter, Alicia, was already at St. 
Andrews doing the same thing (Talk 
about supportive husbands!) Alice's 
thesis will be a translation and com- 
ment on Stravo's De Esordiis 
(840-842). Her professor. Donald 
Bullough, who is an international 
figure In classic studies Invited her to 
collaborate on a paper for an interna- 
tional conference at Oxford, which will 
be published this winter. 

Hattle Hughes Stone has begun a 
new career She's studying at the 
Westchester Institute of Psychotherapy 
and Psychoanalysis and seeing clients 
at the Palisades Counseling Center. 
The Stones went to Japan and China 
for Bell Communications in the tall 
Hattle IS chairman of the Outreach 
Program of their church They have 2 
grandchildren Cindy Sinclair Ruther- 
ford Is now associate principal at a 
high school — a nice promotion! 
Older son. Bill, has a morning radio 
show in San Diego, making him one 
of the youngest In a major market 
Husband, Bill, is chairman of 
Wichita's year-long Gershwin Festival 
They have a paddle tennis court for 
fun. B.B. Smith Stamats has returned 
to school (after 6 years in market 
research) at the New York Botanical 
Garden to get certificates in Land- 
scape Design and Interior Landscape 
Design In two years She hopes to go 
into business In 1988 Both her sons 
are to be married in the coming year 
The oldest and his bride both have 
masters in industrial engineering. The 
younger and his bride are in art — he 
IS getting a second masters in fine art 
and she studies commercial art. Mary 

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Hill Noble Caperton has a new 
business: Guesthouses, Bed and 
Breakfast. Inc " for the Charlottesville 
area and "Guesthouses Extended" for 
longer stays — something we can all 
use when were back in that area 
Ann Collins Teachout has been in- 
vesting in real estate and learning 
about the field. She owns and 
manages single family homes Their 
oldest daughter, Kathy, husband, and 
2 little girls are in Japan as 
Presbyterian missionaries 

Virginia "Gigi" Mitchell Frank's 
son, Monroe, was featured in 
Southern Living After 10 years in 
Chicago he came back to Little Rock, 
bought a house in the historic Quapaw 
quarter, and is restoring it. Nancy 
Moody had lots of travel in 1986 A 
trip to Australia and New Zealand in 
May included the equestrian 3-Day 
Event World Championships in Gawler. 
S. Australia. The tour group included 
several who had visited SBC for 
clinics when Miss Rogers and Mr 
Bailey were there' In August it was 
Dublin for the Horse Show. In be- 
tween big trips. Nancy has made 
others to watch some Irish lumpers, 
in which she owns an interest, 
compete successfully in this country 

Joan Potter and Henry Bickel went 
on a foliage cruise with her sister and 
husband through Canada, New York, 
Nova Scotia, and Maine. Beverly 
Bragg and Bill Smith travelled west 
this year and visited Jan (Julia 
O'Neal) and Pres Gould in Santa Bar- 
bara — a visit that was returned in 
Birmingham. All three Smith children 
have graduate degrees, Ruth Frye and 
Hugo Deatcn got a new sailboat and 
sailed offshore from Maine to Norfolk 
Dilly Johnson and Paul Jones sailed 
with them for a week on Chesapeake 
Bay Son David is a resident in 
surgery, Sarah, an economic analyst 
in Boston. Barbara an IBM systems 
engineer in Baltimore (Jo Nelson 
Booze keeps an eye on her), and Beth 
IS at Wellesley. Liz Carper and Roy 
Huttmann got to see Sweet Briar 
recently while visiting their daughter. 
Holly (SBC 74) who lives in Lynch- 
burg with husband and 2 children 
Nancy Lee Paul went to LA twice in 
85 — once for son's graduation from 
law school and again for his wedding. 
Their daughter. Linda, teaches at the 
Univ of Md. while getting her doc- 
torate Daughter Kathleen is in Dallas 
working on her MBA and Elizabeth 
works for Md Senator Charles 
Mathias. The Pauls have all been 
vegetarians for about 8 years because 
of animal cruelly on "factory" farms 
Nancy is very active in the animal 
rights movement Elfie Vorys Mat- 
chneer has two grandchildren All her 
family lives nearby and they are 
together a lot She and George went 
to England for a month this fall 
especially for walking Ann May Via 
and Joy Bennett Hartshorn were 
roomies again at the Williamsburg 
Antiques Forum in February Ann's 
daughter, Mary Carroll, is in the class 



of '87 at SBC The Vias went to 
Europe for the first time to see her 
during her Junior year in France 
They have a little house near Char- 
lottesville for vacations 

We received a beautiful invitation to 
Mike McCaffree's change of command 
ceremony and reception in Okinawa 
Wouldn't It be neat to be able to |ust 
dash over for the weekend! However 
we'll wait to see Lynn Carlton and 
Mike when they get back to DC where 
Mike will be Assistant Deputy Chief of 
Naval Operation, Logistics Mary Ann 
Robb and Rome Freer are building a 
house at Lake Monticello, near 
Charlottesville When Rome retires 
next year they'll be there a lot but will 
keep an apartment near DC. They 
vacation m St Thomas. Mary Ann is 
president of the Garden Club and of 
the Womens Auxiliary of the Engineer- 
ing Society of Baltimore Mary Lee 
McGinnis McClain and Frank have 
bought a house here in downtown 
Charleston for retirement. We'll look 
forward to seeing them. They have a 
summer place in Highlands, NC 
Ann Forsyth Timbrel is living at the 
Carillo Retirement Hotel in Santa Bar- 
bara, Her mother (and my brother) 
live in Santa Barbara Ann Collins 
Teachout's daughter is a travel agent 
there also Page Brydon Leslie has 
moved Irom Locust Hill, Va , to 
Urbana, Va And Sue Callaway Haley 
has moved to Nashville from Georgia 
Harriet Robinson Taylor has moved 
from West Hartford to East Canaan, 
CT Shirley Poulson and Gil Hooper 
celebrated their 34th anniversary this 
year. They have 4 grandchildren. 
Their youngest daughter, a UVA archi- 
tectural graduate, designed the 
Hooper's recently completed new 
house, which Shirley says is fabulous. 
Nella Gray ('55) and Rufus Barklay 
(from here) and Kirk Taylor ('53) and 
Jack Clarkson went to their house- 
warming. Shirley is a fulltime fashion 
coordinator 

Jerry Driesbach and John Ludeke 
are both teachers at Bakersfield Col- 
lege Son, John is staying in Costa 
Rico as resources coordinator for the 
Peace Corps. They visited him last 
Christmas. Kevin finished Stanford in 
geophysics, taught cross-country ski- 
ing and took an intensive Russian 
course at Santa Cruz. The Ludekes 
still back-pack in the Sierras for 
recreation Ann Venable and Richard 
Rogers have taken up sailing in a big 
way — even in Hawaii and Newport 
Their son is in Harvard Business 
School Sissy Morris Long is writing a 
history of Memphis for a cookbook the 
symphony league is putting out She 
and Bill were in Europe in October 
Joy Parker and Charles Eldredge 
visited Sissy in July and Sissy sees 
Anne White Connell. Peaches Davis 
Roane, and Betty Gene Orr Atkinson 
all the time Memphis sounds like a 
good spot to start for a mini reunion' 
Helen Smith Lewis s daughter's wed- 
ding in Richmond was wonderful ac- 
cording to Meri Hodges Major, Helen 



nearly stole the show in her 
loveliness, Meri visited Joy in Miami 
m January and won a trip to Palm Air 
Spa She and Joy went in August — 
It's the "fat farm " of the stars — 
Im dying to hear about it Joy and 
Charles travelled all over the country 
in July and went on a cruise in late 
August Joy and Men also visited 
Jean Gillespie Walker at Sea island 
The Fall meeting of the SBC Board of 
Overseers was in Williamsburg and 
they, along with other important sup- 
porters of Sweet Briar included Men's 
Belle Air Plantation on their tour. Men 
has a sideline that's "blossoming " 
also — her flower arrangements are 
in great demand in Richmond's many 
weddings Caroline "Kobo" Chobot 
Garner is busier than ever with child 
care Thom is Director of Chat- 
tanooga's Houston Antiques Museum 
Kobe's mother is with them also 
Daughter Laurie married in September 
and Gailor is a junior at Davidson 
Mag Andrews Poff is back at aerobics 
daily after being very, very ill last 
spring She's on the Business section 
of the paper now and has been taking 
business courses also She travels 
with Bill a lot and is involved with 
Roanoke's Sister Cities program with 
Kisumu. Kenya and Wonju. Korea. Bil- 
ly Isdale Beach s younger daughter 
has come into the family business. N- 
CON Systems, as treasurer after 
finishing Smith; she is getting her 
masters in history at Columbia BIy is 
leaching at Athens Academy in 
Georgia and Christopher is studying 
engineering at SUNY. Billy is present- 
ing a paper at the Univ. of Turin. Ita- 
ly, at the 6th Conference on Chemistry 
for Protection of the Environment 

Page Anderson Hungerpiller and I 
chatted briefly during the Southeastern 
Wildlife Exposition here in February 
She and Jim are Patrons of the Expo 
and I was exhibiting at a sidewalk art 
show Her son and his wife are both 
doctors: second son is in New York 
with a steamship company, and 
Susan, in Atlanta, has the 2 grand- 
children Page is president of the 
Savannah Tree Foundation and chair- 
man of the Chatham County Tree 
Commission. They plan a long trip on 
their trawler when Jim retires, Peggy 
Jones Steuart is a founding trustee of 
the National Museum for Women in 
the Arts which will open in early '87 
— two blocks from the White House 
She hopes we all will |oin. (Barbara 
Ballard Wommack has |ust been 
elected to the Texas board of this Na- 
tional Museum for Women in the 
Arts.) Peggy's twin sons are in the 
class of '88 at W & L. Daughter. 
Elizabeth, has recently presented 
Peggy and Guy with their first grand- 
child Guy, in addition to presiding 
over the family investment firm 
(petroleum, fishing, insurance, sea 
transportation, and the Half Moon 
Hotel in Jamaica, where they often 
vacation) is a trustee at W & L 
Peggy's parents at 88 and 92 live in 
Chatham. NJ, and her sister. 



Elizabeth, who is the Chief Sculptor of 
the US Mint, designed the gold Liber- 
ty com which sold 500.000 from the 
mint before public sale and is now 
sold out. Peggy has just finished 
being on the executive committee for 
the successful 5 million dollar renova- 
tion and endowment capital campaign 
for St. Albans School She still plays 
the piano, gardens, and plays tennis 
in her spare (!) time. 

In answer to your many questions, 
Toogoodoo is a Gullah (the language 
of the early sea island blacks) corrup- 
tion of the French Hugenot name 
Thiebideaux. Yonges is also from the 
French, Our house was finished in 
May and we love it We enjoyed 
building (except for bankers, 
surveyors, and appraisers) We are on 
a small tidal creek 20 miles south of 
Charleston in a very rural area and are 
enjoying the marsh, the birds, and the 
space I have recently become 
employed in doing something I love I 
give guided nature walks (featuring 
birds especially) for Water, Woods, 
and Wildlife, a firm that manages 
those things lor plantation owners. 
The walks I lead are on some of the 
non-public land at Middleton Place, 
with which I've been associated for 
ten years as a house, gardens, and 
stableyards decent. Bill has travelled 
several times to Europe in the latter 
part of 1986. The plan at this writing 
IS for me to go too in September 



1958 



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President 

Elizabeth Moore Gardner (Mrs. William 
R . Jr ) 308 Greenway Lane. Rich- 
mond. Va 23226 
Secretary 

Jane Shipman Kuntz (Mrs Edward J , 
Jr ), 646 Runnymede Road, Dayton. 
OH 45419 
Fund Agent 

Claire Cannon Christopher (Mrs F 
Hudnall. Jr ), 2837 Reynolds Dr , 
Winston-Salem, NC 27104 

Several long-lost classmates have 
written and it is just great to hear 
from them 

Patti Pevear Grabau and her family 
live in Fairfield. CT : she is taking a 
tour-year course called "Education for 
the Ministry ". She sings with a 
group. "Touch of Class ". and has 
performed at the White House, the 
Statue of Liberty and for private 
groups: there was an article in the 
Connecticut edition of the Sunday New 
York Times about the ensemble this 
past winter Patti went skiing in 
Europe in the early spring: her 
daughters met her there and in May 
she met a whole group of Darien 
friends and they all celebrated their 
50th birthdays in Geneva. Sandra, 23, 
attended Univ. of Richmond and 
finished at Boston Univ.; Cindy, 21, 
spent 2 years at Skidmore, then 

Sweet Briar College 



decided to concentrate on a career in 
photograptiy 

Betsy Robinson Taylor, in NYC, 
does a one-woman musical show 
called "Ttie Reincarnation of Snow 
Wtiite": she has presented it to senior 
citizens' groups and as a benefit for 
the Colonial Dames Her children are 
in Oregon, Germany and Italy. 

Hope Sparger Hanbury, also m 
NYC, and her husband Harry have 
moved to W, 57th Street after living 
19 years on the East Side Hope is a 
manager at Citibank writing training 
materials, she loves walking to and 
from work. The Hanburys spend their 
spare time at their Fire Island beach 
house 

Val Parker Storms, Greenwich, CT, 
has just finished writing the ma|or 
part of a book about the great estates 
of Greenwich, built between 1890 and 
1930 Look for it in bookstores in tali 
Val IS a member of the Town Meeting, 
does free-lance editorial work and 
travels with her husband Cliff. She 
has one offspring in college: the 
others are "scattered all over the 
world" 

The MimI Garrard Dance Company 
spent a four-day residency at Sweet 
Briar in April. Mimi said she really 
loved It In June, the company gave a 
benefit m NYC for the endowed 
scholarship fund and raised $2,279 
Alice Morris Gaskell's (SBC 59) 
daughter is visiting the States for the 
summer from Cornwall, England: she 
visited SBC with Mimi. 

I hope all of you read the wonderful 
article in the Summer Alumnae 
Magazine by Ruth Frame Salzberg on 
the joys of hot air ballooning A card 
from Ruth, who lives in Hartford, CT. 
caught me up on her family. The 
Salzbergs' son Tom graduated from 
U Conn and has a great |ob with 
Otis Elevator: their daughter Anne, 
who IS a sophomore at Boston Univ , 
ran (unofficially) in the Boston 
Marathon and finished in 4 hr., 13 
min. Bob. her husband, collects and 
restores "mopars", the so-called 
"muscle cars" from the early '70's 
Besides Ballooning, Ruth has started 
to write children's stories again 

Lee Cooper Van De Velde wrote 
about a mini-reunion she attended in 
Washington. DC. in May participants 
were Claire Cannon Cliristopher, 
Eleanor St, Clair Thorp, and Lynn 
Prior Harrington, They had such a 
good time they plan to make it an an- 
nual affair and invite other '58'ers to 
join them. Lynn Prior Harrington 
celebrated the big 5-0 in June at the 
shore and Coopie had the distinction 
of being her "oldest living friend" in 
attendance' The Van De Veldes have 
bought a weekend retreat on the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland 

Jean Lindsay de Street has |usl 
moved into a smaller home in Easton, 
Pa Daughter Muffy, Hamilton College 
'88, will spend her junior year in 
Paris, she worked this past summer 
at Scudder Stevens in Boston, Giles 
will be a senior at Blair Academy in 



the fall. Jean still teaches E S L plus 
an introduction to foreign languages to 
8th graders. Her husband Ouentin has 
seen his dream of a new library in his 
district become a reality. 

Susan Day Dean is a tenured 
associate professor in American and 
English Literature at Bryn Mawr Col- 
lege where she has been on the facul- 
ty for 11 years She and her two 
teenaged children live in Swarthmore 

Ethel Ogden Burwell reports that 
both her daughters, are still working 
in Washington, DC. Armistead III, a 
high school sophomore, letters in ice 
hockey, soccer and lacrosse and is 
also a good student, Ethel serves on 
the SBC Alumnae Board one more 
year and continues with her job in ad- 
missions at University-Liggett School 
in Crosse Pointe, Mi She and 
Armistead are involved in many com- 
munity activities 

IVIary Lane Bryan Sullivan 
announced the birth of her grand- 
daughter Caroline Elizabeth to Wright 
and Laurel Sullivan. They live in 
Clemson, S.C, near M.L.s mother 
and father, Ellen Newell Bryan (SBC 
'26) and Wright Bryan (former SBC 
Board member), young Wright works 
for a computer firm there Son David 
works for IBM in Washington, DC, 
daughter Keeley will be a junior at the 
Laurel School in Cleveland Julia 
McCullough Shivers visited the 
Sullivans in the summer and ML 
talks often to Julie Green on the 
phone. M, L. still works as a part- 
time pediatric occupational therapist in 
Cleveland: she sees children in homes 
or at a handicapped children's pre- 
school She had lunch with Lanny 
Tuller Webster while in SC. Lanny's 
daughter was married this summer in 
Allendale, SC. 

Ina Hamilton Hart continues her 
quest for a Master's in Divinity and 
eventual ordination in the Presbyterian 
Church She spends one quarter at 
McCormick Theological Seminary in 
Chicago each year. Just as she 
returned from Chicago this year, she 
had a call from Seward, AL: her son 
Jim had to have an emergency ap- 
pendectomy: he is fine and is home, 
waiting to return to his junior year at 
the Univ. of Wisconsin Her oldest son 
Bob will graduate in December from 
Purdue with a degree m economics: 
her youngest son Fred will be a Junior 
in high school in Shaker Heights, Oh, 
where the Harts live. When Ina is at 
home she attends the Catholic 
seminary: she will finish her degree in 
December 1988. She is a parish 
visitor for her church. 

I had a wonderful long letter from 
Bllfle Fairfield Creighton from Car- 
thage, MO, The Creightons have three 
daughters: Catherine is married and 
teaches school: Margaret is a biology 
major at Univ of Missouri: and 
Elizabeth will be a high school senior 
Biffie and Jim call their place Knights 
Station Farm: they love country living 
but bemoan the plight of farmers! Bit- 
tie devoted much of her letter to Diane 



Stafford Mayes who has become a 
very enterprising businesswoman. 
Diane recently sold her thriving 
Christmas decorations business in 
Carthage and has been marketing her 
new cookbook called Rush Hour Super 
Chel. She will appear on 25 talk 
shows nationwide Diane and Roy's 
son John just graduated from SMU in 
engineering and Rick has a baking 
business in Raleigh NC. Look for 
Diane's book on the stands this fall. 
Biffie said she had talked to Boo Bagg 
IVlcPeek in California recently and 
hopes to meet IVIary Faith Templeton 
Rountree in Tulsa this summer 

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis has a new 
hobby, bird-watching The whole fami- 
ly IS involved: they have birded in 
Hyde Park, Central Park, Israel, 
Hawaii, Colorado and at home in 
Midland. TX. 

Our sympathy goes to June 
Neighbors IVIorton who was widowed 
last year June is now selling residen- 
tial real estate in Fort Worth, TX Her 
children are grown and she wanted 
something more than bridge, 
homemaking and Jr League work to 
keep her occupied 

Betty Gallo Skladal has been home 
visiting in Lynchburg, Va, for three 
weeks this summer She was pleased 
to be guest soloist at Rivermont 
Presbyterian Church where she grew 
up. Her card was sent from Homer, 
AK, where she said she was sur- 
rounded by ocean and glacier-covered 
mountains: she was still on vacation. 
Betty also visited Chitina and McCar- 
thy, fascinating old mining sites. The 
Skladals' oldest son Wayne was mar- 
ried August 1955: Joe is majonng m 
business at Texas A & M. Betty still 
teaches school in Anchorage, AK. 

Edie Knapp Clark and Roger are 
both teaching in Beverton, OR, Edie 
relaxes by sewing and weaving. The 
Clarks have two sons: Andy, 24, is in 
law school and Jim, 25, is a proper- 
ties artisan for the Shakespearean 
Festival in Ashland, OR 

Joanie Black Davidson sells real 
estate in Palos Verdes, CA but also 
has time to travel with Keith Daughter 
Cynthia is married and lives in Kansas 
City where her husband is a Youth 
Pastor. Dianne, 23, is on a Rotary 
Scholarship earning her MBA in 
Milan. Italy, Suzanne is completing 
her studies at Calif. State, San Luis 
Obispo, 

Nancy Hawbaker Gilbert and Carter 
spent the early summer on a 
marvelous trip through the Canadian 
Rockies They visited Jasper, Banff, 
Lake Louise and Vancouver, for Expo 
'86, as well as Victoria, Seattle and 
San Francisco 

■ Cornelia Long Matson is going to 
France in Sept , to buy for her shop. 
Antiques des Provinces. Cornelia and 
Dick have bought an estate, Beauvoir 
Hall, built south of Sarasota in 1929. 
The main house is Greek-Revival style: 
there are two rental properties as well 
as a garage apartment and a 
boathouse. Cornelia's daughter Anna, 



27 finished her first year at U. of 
CA/Berkeley Medical School with all 
As Julia, 25, is a broker at Bear, 
Stearns on Wall Street and David, 22, 
will graduate from Skidmore in May, 
1987 

After a very long silence, Waldo 
Latham Craven wrote that she is living 
in Jacksonville, FL, editing The 
Jacksonville Register. "The Social 
(Newspaper of Florida's East Coast" 
Waldo's two children are Priscilla, an 
'86 graduate of Vanderbilt U and 
Michael, in the 11th grade at 
Woodberry Forest School. 

Cecl Dickson Banner continues to 
travel extensively in her job as a con- 
sultant for nonprofit institutions, most- 
ly independent schools, for Browning 
Assoc, of Newark, NJ. She frequently 
sees both June Berguldo James in 
Buffalo, NY, and Ethel Ogden Burwell, 
Grosse Pointe, Ml Jenny Banner 
graduated from Albion Coll. and is a 
computer specialist living in The 
Plains, VA: Larry will graduate from 
Stanford in 1987 and Becky, from 
Denison in 1988, 

To commemorate the occasion of 
many of our 50th birthdays, Betsy 
Worrell Gallagher sent the following 
poem: 

Sagging flesh and cataracts! Liver 
spots and more' Cellulite and senility! 
There's so much more in store' So go 
out and have your fun! and do what 
you can do now, because in a few 
more birthdays you won't remember 
how' 

Peggy Jean Fossett Lodeesen writes 
that she is ""a Republican activist 
working for the 1986 election of Con- 
gressional candidates"". The 
Lodeesens live in Bethesda, MD 

Eleanor Cain Pope went to 
Washington, DC, to see the Treasure 
Houses of Britain with Claire Cannon 
Christopher: Julie Booth Perry and 
Charlie joined them one night for din- 
ner Betsy McCutcheon Williams s 
daughter Elizabeth is working in 
Washington lor the US, Sentencing 
Commission, Her daughter Lucy will 
be a senior at UVA: she has enjoyed 
getting to know the children of SBC 
friends — Claire Christopher's Ashley 
and Betsy Trundle s Audrey Eleanor 
Pope works with Betsy at the gift 
shop Nonesuch in Columbia, SC: Bet- 
sy also does some specialty dessert 
catering. She says that her middle 
years are busier than ever 

Lanny Tuller Webster wrote that her 
daughter was married in Allendale, 
SC, this spring: planning the wedding 
at long distance kept her busy She 
mentioned lunching with M.L. Sullivan 
and her parents in Clemson. 

Tibby Moore Gardner and her hus- 
band and two sons had a wonderful 
sailing trip to Tortolla, BVI: they went 
"bear boating"" — a "perfect vaca- 
tion'" Tiddy has visited with both 
Mary Taylor Swing and Mollie Archer 
Payne; she also sees fellow Richmond 
residents Mary Johnson Campbell and 
Patty Williams Twohy often They 
enjoy going to the theater together I 



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saw Mary Campbell when I was in 
Richmond for a wedding at Thanksgiv- 
ing: Mary and Bill's three children are 
all working in Jackson Hole, Wy. this 
summer. Margaret will start workmg 
for the Living Trust in NYC in Oc- 
tober: Wendy is at Denison, Mary 
says that the SBC Club m Richmond 
IS really "revved up" with meetings, 
dinners and programs. 

Also from Richmond, a card came 
from Joan Nelson Bargamin telling 
about her family's activities. Paul, 24. 
is finishing graduate school at William 
and Mary in International Political 
Relations: he is one of only 6 in the 
program and is workmg toward a 
foreign service career Stephen. 22, 
graduated "with distinction " from 
UVA in May, and works for Mestle Int 
in Wilmington, DE Joan sees Louise 
Dunham Williams often for theater and 
lunch, Joan wonders if anyone can 
help her locate a 1958 yearbook: hers 
was destroyed in a flood, 

Carolyn Mcivor Dews and IVIack still 
live in Crewe. Va, They have three 
sons: Carl, 22, graduated from James 
Madison Univ, in 1986: Chuck, 18. 
will be a freshman at Lynchburg Coll,: 
and Andy. 16, will be a lunior at Not- 
toway H,S, Carolyn said that she, 
Celia Loving Richeson, Kathryn 
Spencer Pixley (SBC '53) and Betty 
Skladal had a marvelous reunion 
luncheon when Betty was home, 
Carolyn sees Elaine Schuster when 
she comes to SBC for Board meetings, 

Dorothy "Poogie" Wyatt Shields 
has her MA in religious studies and 
counseling and is looking for a posi- 
tion. In the meantime she has done 
such temporary |obs as director of 
Christian education, tutor of handi- 
capped teens, teaching LD/ED 
resource and high school French, 
Poogie and her children have |ust 
moved into a "small, light, open and 
airy house" she built m Greenwood. 
Va, Carter will spend her |unior year 
m Strasbourg on the Syracuse Univ 
program 

Judy Graham Lewis and Jim are 
back in Charleston, WV, where Jim is 
exective director tor Coalition for the 
Homeless Judy is an IV therapist at a 
hospital: she is responsible lor all in- 
patient chemotherapy administration 
and teaching, Beth was married in 
Nov, '85. and lives in Ann Arbor 
Kathie graduated from Denison and 
Debby, from Wooster 

Marietta Eggleston Burleigh sent 
news of her children: Kathryn will 
graduate from Middlebury, after a 
junior year in Florence, in June and 
Stephen from the Univ, of Texas at 
Austin Fontaine, her oldest, 
graduated from Kenyon and is now 
workmg in Germany: son Doug is 
employed in Memphis where Marietta 
and Bob live, 

Linda MacPherson Gilbert and her 
husband Dan have left Eureka College 
and moved to Louisville, Ky, where 
Dan IS president of Christian Church 
Homes of Kentucky, The organization 
has 4 "campuses " in 4 cities — 3 

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for the elderly and 1 for troubled 
children, Linda is Academic Program 
Coordinator for adult students on the 
Shelby campus of the Univ. of 
Louisville, She is still interested in 
environmental and peace issues The 
Gilberts love to go to Black Mtn,, NC. 
as often as possible Two of their 
children are married: one lives in 
Illinois and the other in South 
Carolina, Their daughter, the 
youngest, has "stopped out" of her 
forestry program at Colo, State and is 
getting experiential learning at 
Yosemite Natl Park: she will return to 
Humbolt State in the fall 

Barbara Von Hoffman, who finished 
her schooling at Washington University 
■n St. Louis, is a photographer and is 
becoming known in the Pikes Peak 
region for her photographs of African 
wildlife, pets and figure skaters She 
planned to have a show of her work 
in the Colorado Color Gallery in the 
fall 

It has been a busy year for the 
Kuntzes, Lee was married to Robert 
Eckerman. an Albion graduate from 
Saginaw. Ml. in Sept,. 1985: she and 
Bob live in Clarksville, TN, where Bob 
IS with the Highway Patrol and Lee is 
a caseworker in the District Attorney's 
office Martha and Don Schenck have 
]ust bought a condo in Alexandria, 
VA, Anne, our youngest, transferred 
to Meredith Coll in Raleigh, NC, after 
graduating from St. Mary's College 
She has decided to take a few 
semesters off and work in Raleigh 
My husband Eddie, a commercial 
realtor, received a "Sales Leader " 
award this spring, I have a new posi- 
tion with Carillon Historical Park as 
Promotion Coordinator: I am responsi- 
ble for all publicity and public rela- 
tions lor the Park. I continue to coor- 
dinate the weddings that are held m 
the Park — approximately 50 per 
summer and have |ust started doing a 
little free-lancing in the P.R. field as 
well. I will be on the board of the 
Garden Club of Dayton as chairman of 
the flower show. We try to visit the 
girls as often as possible. We will 
have a mini-reunion with the 
Schencks and Anne at my mother's 
(Martha McBroom Shipman, SBC '31) 
summer house at Columbus Beach on 
Burt Lake in Michigan, 

Your letters make this job so much 
fun! Please keep in touch. 



1962 



President 

Anne Allen Symonds (Mrs J Taft). 

11 Westland, Houston, TX 77019 

Secretary 

Patsey Carney Reed (Mrs Brad). 231 

Deer Park Drive. Nashville, TN 37205 

Fund Agents 

Nancy Fleshman Bowles (Mrs 

Bowlman T ,Jr ), 11 Ampthill Rd,, 

Richmond, Va 23226 

Millie Anderson Stuckey (Mrs George 



C), 4201 Oxford Circle East, Rich- 
mond, Va, 23221 

Thank you, wonderful class of '62 
for sending news Almost everyone 
who communicated is planning to 
attend our 25th reunion — May 
22nd-24th, 1987 Please start plan- 
ning now to come so we can have a 
great turnout and a wonderful time' 
Also, start gathering pictures and 
information about yourselves for our 
class scrapbook 

Brook Hamilton Cressall hopes to 
see everyone there — especially those 
who have never come. Brook is still 
enjoying teaching and her son. 
Hunter, loves Sewanee where he is a 
sophomore. 

Great news!' Jocelyn Palmer Con- 
ners and Tom are moving to Sweet 
Briar where Tom will be Vice Presi- 
dent and Treasurer of the college. 
They are looking forward to being part 
of the Sweet Briar "family " and to 
welcoming back the class of '62 at 
reunion Katherine, their oldest 
daughter, graduated cum laude from 
SBC last spring, married Garland 
Cassada in June, and now lives in 
Charlotte where he is practicing law 
Michaelle will be a senior at SBC this 
fall, having spent junior year in St 
Andrews: and Mark is a senior at the 
Christ School, We will all look forward 
to seeing Jocelyn and Tom in May' 

Our household is quieter with our 
youngest, Louise, 13 away at Car- 
digan Mountain Camp/Summer School 
and the Knox School on Long Island 
for the winter. Brad. Jr.. 18. is a 
senior at MBA here in Nashville and 
Elizabeth. 22. graduated from David- 
son College, worked at the A-Bar-A 
Ranch and is now in Breckenridge, 
Colorado. 

On the way to see Louise in New 
Hampshire, we had a wonderful visit 
with Nina Harrison Scribner and Curt 
on Cushings Island. Maine where they 
live in the summer. Curt takes the 
ferry to work in Portland and their 
house IS a delightful renovated World 
War I warehouse' We met their two 
attractive sons, Curtis who is a 
sophomore at Lake Forest and John 
who IS a freshman at Hobart, Their 
daughters were away at camp and 
school but Anne is now a senior at 
Trinity and Elizabeth is a sophomore 
at Pomfret boarding school Mina 
Walker Woods' mother and Nina s 
good family friend George Austin were 
married recently so Nina and Mina are 
almost cousins 

We loved seeing Patsy Cox Kendall 
and Skip when we were in Maine and 
also in Nashville when they were here 
for an insurance meeting Their 
daughter Sheldon, 20, is at Dartmouth 
and son. Rusty, 18, is at Kimball 
Union near Hanover, New Hampshire 
Stephanie, 15, attends Berwick 
Academy in Maine Patsy and Skip 
travel frequently with YPO and his 
insurance business. 

In Scotland. Louise Durham Purvis 
is still running the Prison Fellowship 



Scotland office from her home and will 
attend an international symposium of 
this group where 50 countries will be 
represented Her husband, John, is a 
financial consultant in Europe and the 
U S. and travels often — Loulie has 
accompanied him recently to the U.S.. 
Italy and Switzerland Their eldest, 
Elizabeth, has finished at Oxford and 
will work with Marks and Spencer in 
London, Emily is still at Oxford and 
enjoys acting and singing as does 
Robert. 17. who is at boarding school 
in the Highlands, where he also 
excels in debating, 

Ann Percy continues her work for 
The Philadelphia Museum as curator 
of drawings Her major big project is 
a 1989 exhibition of prints and draw- 
ings by Francesco Clemenle, 

Jean Gant Nuzum and ' same " 
husband, Tom, are still in Chapel Hill 
where he is in the UNC Department of 
Medicine and she is a part-time social 
worker responsible for getting children 
from foster care into permanent 
homes. She also does some teaching 
at the UNC School of Social Work 
Their daughter, Christine, 12, and 
son, Henry, 9, play violin and cello 
duets along with their other activities, 

A promotion lor Fran Early means 
moving from Houston to Gaithersburg. 
Md, to be Director of Marketing for 
Prudential Home Mortgage Company (a 
new joint venture of Prudential and 
Soloman Brothers) She plans to live 
in DC or Bethesda: and, although 
she loved her 9-1/2 years in Houston, 
she IS excited about being back in 
this area Betsy Pearson Griffin and 
Buzzy gave her a wonderlul send-off 
party, Fran's new phone: 
301-330-6634, 

Allison Moore Garrett is at Memphis 
State working toward her PhD in 
clinical psychology She and Tom will 
be visiting in Scotland in the fall with 
Louise Durham Purvis and John Oc- 
casionally we see Allison's older two 
children Brandon and Murray who are 
students at Vanderbilt Murray plays 
competitive tennis all over the U.S. 
and IS on the Vanderbilt team. Bran- 
don was elected to Phi Beta Kappa 
this year and will enter The Owen 
School of Management mid-year. 

In December, 1985, Douglas 
Dockery Porteous was married to 
Wilmer J Thomas, Jr (His mother 
and sister both attended Sweet Briar), 
They live in New York where he is a 
private investor and managing director 
of the Metropolitan Opera Douglas' 
son. Will, entered Taft this tall She 
had a great family reunion in 
Monteagle this past summer and had 
a visit with Chloe Fort Lenderman 
there, Chloe's youngest daughter, 
Wynn, will be in the first co-ed class 
at V E S in Lynchburg and little Chloe 
will be a senior at Harpeth Hall. Chloe 
spent August in Nantucket and before 
that she and daughter Chloe were in 
Bath, England catering parties for 
Jane Seymour, the actress' 

Anne Allen Symonds writes that 
Allen Symonds is a freshman at Stan- 
Sweet Briar College 



ford — the fourth generation of 
Symonds to go there 

Beth Johnson Phillip s daughter, 
Angela, graduated cum laude from 
Hampton Roads Academy and is going 
to Duke University as a National Merit 
Scholar, Eleanor Anne is on the honor 
roll at HRA and has a horse which 
takes up most of her time and some 
of Beth's: Sandy is an enthusiastic 
athlete and cheerleader; and 7 year 
old Jimmy shares many interests with 
his father who still works and plays 
like a dynamo. 

After 14 years in Lawrence, KS, 
Rosemary Whiteside Henderson and 
her family are moving to California 
where Rosemary's husband, Butch, 
will be pastor of the Claremont United 
Church of Christ. Mark and Claire are 
students at the Univ. of Kansas and 
Maria, 10, is looking forward to life in 
California After 7 years in banking, 
Rosemary is enpying "retirement" tor 
a while A visit to Sweet Briar was on 
the Itinerary for Linda Emery Miller 
and her daughter, Jocelyn. age 10. 
Linda describes herself as a "peren- 
nial bench warmer" watching Jocelyn 
and husband Clark in many sports 
and other activities. However, she 
does find time to continue consulting 
and training. 

The farm in Rustburg, Virginia is 
still home for Jo Wheatley Overbey 
and Hutch with 100 cows and 5 dogs' 
Joe IS a real estate appraiser working 
toward her MAI designation. Both girls 
are in the Richmond area: Burks who 
works in real estate and Stuart, who, 
after taking a year off from Williams to 
work on a horse farm, is now at the 
University of Richmond 

Dru IVIcEachern Martins son Will, 
16. IS now a junior at Woodberry and 
Ellie. 14. is a sophomore at Foxcroft 

When not traveling to South 
America with her husband Gerd, 
Nancy Hudler Keuffel works with a 
friend who owns China Coast, an 
import company, selling imported 
belts, sweaters and accessories to 
private label companies, catalogs, and 
other retailers Will, their oldest son, 
a senior at Exeter, is studying in 
Barcelona on School Year Abroad Eric 
is in 9th grade and Susan in 5th 

Marilou Green has fond memories of 
her year at SBC and visited last 
spring with her 21 and 22 year old 
daughters. They live in Billings, Mon- 
tana and en|oy skiing, scuba and 
wind surfing Marilou is working as a 
service rep for Social Security and 
also finds time for volunteerism. 

Kyoko Asakawa of Tokyo and her 
son visited Boston last summer to 
investigate his studying abroad as she 
did. She hopes any Sweet Briar alum- 
na traveling in Japan will contact her. 
Her address is: 6-16-29 Seijo 
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157, Japan 
Phone: 03-483-8765. What a lovely 
suggestion! 

Andrea's Designer Clothes by 
Andrea Oenson Wechsler continue to 
win many awards and recognitions. 

Pat Perkins Wolverton writes of 

Alumnae Magazine 



visits to California with her husband 
David — one a YPO meeting in the 
Napa Valley. Their oldest son, Alan, 
graduated from the University of Texas 
last spring and Kirk, who is 21. will 
graduate from Duke in 1987. Their 
daughter Julie is 12 

Penny Powell Carmody sees Molly 
Harris Jordan almost daily as they 
both work in the Volunteer Department 
at the Science Museum of Virginia in 
Richmond. Penny"s children: Lycia, 
17, is a senior at St. Catherine's and 
Nathaniel, 16, is a junior at St. 
Christopher's. 

Glenna Caddy let is an Evening 
Dean at Hartnell College in Salinas. 
California and her husband, Frank, is 
a professor at the U.S. Naval 
Postgraduate School. They have three 
boys — Steve 14, Trent 12, and Drew 
9 

Gary Lamond Lynch sends hellos 
to all from Southern California Julia 
Shields left Charlottesville this past 
summer to study at Cambridge. 

Ann Ritchie Baruch's Ritchie is a 
freshman at the University of Penn- 
sylvania and Marcy is a Senior at 
Dana Hall. Ann volunteers as a 
Hospice worker, takes landscape 
design courses and is active at church 
and younger son David's school 

Mary Steketee MacDonald enjoyed 
showing her two daughters Sweet 
Briar last spring. 

From Hagerstown, Sally Sharrett 
Perryman writes that they've had a 
busy year getting settled in a new 
house and business. One son. Tad, is 
"launched" — working for Rockwell 
in California as a systems design 
engineer — and Will is still at 
Auburn. They've had great trips to 
Ireland and the Greenbriar and she's 
involved with tennis. Symphony Guild 
and Garden Club. 

Gwen Weiner still lives in San Fran- 
cisco and runs the family business in 
Fort Worth, Texas. She also paints 
and does interior design — lately she 
has been doing numerous commission- 
ed portraits. 

Accolades to Martha Baum Sikes 
who graduated in June from the first 
class of Georgia State University Col- 
lege of Law She commuted from Cor- 
nelia, Georgia to Atlanta — a distance 
of 100 miles — to accomplish this! 
After the bar exam, she had a well- 
deserved vacation m London for the 
month of August with her father and 
daughter, Suzanne. Her son. Mat- 
thew, 16, won a Japan-U,S, Senate 
scholarship for study in Japan last 
summer and lived with a Japanese 
family in Hiroshima 

Winnie Swoyer Phyle was married 
to James Phyfe in 1982. Winnie 
describes herself as a happy 
housewife after many years of office 
work. They have a blended family 
with four children: Trevor. 16. who is 
a 5th former at Kent in Connecticut. 
Robin. 13. a 7th grader at Rye Coun- 
try Day. Gaelen. 14. a 9th grader at 
Concord Academy in Massachusetts 
and James. 12. a 7th grader at Rye 



Country Day. Jim practices law with 
Davis, Polk & Wardwell in NYC. Win- 
nie looks forward to reunion and 
hopes other ""dropouts" like herself 
will be returning 

Sarah Adams Model hopes anyone 
near Los Gatos, California will stop by 
for a visit. They're settling into a new 
"dream house." Their son Fritz, 15. 
is a sophomore and football player at 
Saratoga High School and daughter 
Heidi. 10. is in 5th grade 

Ann Cai Meredith Hilgeman, hus- 
band Ernie and 8 year-old son Richard 
have moved to a 90 year-old house, 
which they are restoring in Monticello. 
Arkansas She is enjoying teaching 
English again at the college there. 

From their summer home in Seal 
Harbor. Maine, Cynthia Leigh Vaughan 
Urfer writes that after Sweet Briar she 
attended Columbia School of Architec- 
ture and married Richard Peterson 
who is an investment banker with 
Chase. Their children are Jocelyn 
Leigh, 17. Christian Gilbert, 11. and 
Carthey Vaughn. 7 At home in Mor- 
ristown. New Jersey she does 
volunteer work with the Junior 
League. Episcopal Church and is on 
the Board of United Way 

Elizabeth Farmer Owen writes that 
all IS well in Louisville Their son. 
Douglas, is attending Westminister 
College in Fulton. Missouri and 
daughter Elizabeth is still at school in 
Louisville 

Ray Henley Thompson has seen 
Mma Walker Wood. Alice Allen Smyth 
and Eve Prmgle Boyd — all fine. We 
saw the Smyths in Charlotte last 
spring and their lovely daughter Elliot 
who is at Duke University Their sons 
Jordon and Henry are at Chapel Hill 
and Andover May Belle Scott Rauch 
writes of a wonderful summer at Lake 
Toxaway in North Carolina 

Anne Parker Schmalz writes that 
she's made a mid-life career change 
from "nursing" plants to nursing 
people — having become an LPN — 
and IS working at Yale New Haven 
Hospital. Husband Bob practices law 
in I^ew Haven. Their oldest daughter. 
Jenny, works in Boston: Caroline is a 
senior at Oberlin. Peter, a sophomore 
at Princeton and l^lick. a junior in high 
school at home. Anne has also worked 
on a city park greenhouse rental pro- 
ject and the mayor's Solid Waste Task 
Force. 

I see Macon Wintree Hilton often on 
the tennis court. Betsy, their 
daughter, spent the summer in France 
and is a junior at Princeton while Rob- 
bie is a senior here at MBA. 

News came of Mary Layne Shine 
via Houston where she and her family 
visited for a wedding — Reports are 
she looks super, is an oncology nurse 
in a large cancer clinic and lives in 
Chapel Hill with husband Bob and four 
children. 

Anne and I will be communicating 
with you about reunion. May 
22nd-24th. It's going to be great' See 
you then. 



1966 



President 

Nancy Conkle Swann (Mrs David Col- 
lins). 8 Greenwood Road. Asheville. 
NC 28803 
Secretaries 

Susan Moseley Helm (Mrs. Nelson. 
Jr.) 555 Sunnyside Drive. Louisville. 
KY 40206 

Courtney Stevenson, 5814 Hillburne 
Way. Chevy Chase. MD 20815 
Fund Agent 

Susan Sudduth Dodson (Mrs Clay 
Frank. Jr ), Route 3. Box 372. Little 
Rock. AR 72211 

Gidget Babb Griggs and family are 
moving to Athens, Greece, from Atlan- 
ta. Her husband John is in the 
military. 

Judy Baker DeSouza has a son 
entering Tufts in the fall She and 
Nelson and family are still in Brazil 

Kit Baker Sydnor, Kendall and 
daughter Jennifer. II, live on a farm 
near Lynchburg. Kitset teaches riding, 
and at a Montessori school. 

Anna Bartel Cox and Boyce have 
two girls (13 and 9). and live in 
Charleston. S.C. in an 1822 house, 
which Anna says "always needs 
work " She is school counselor to 
500 6th. 7th. and 8th graders. That 
takes patience and fortitude' 

Judy Barthold OeSimone says she 
practices law and "juggles". She and 
Frank. Frank Jr. (16). Lia (14). and 
Ulla (a Danish AFS student) live in 
Pine Bluff. AR 

Cynthia Baynham wrote that she is 
married to a Dutchman. Galtjo Geert- 
sema. and they have a 5 year old 
daughter. Mary Elizabeth. Cince also 
teaches second grade and has a 
house rental business in Martinsburg. 
W.VA 

Mary Pat Behnke Larsen had a 
summer visit from Natalie Roberts 
Sheriff, who caught her up on all the 
reunion news. Mary Pat, Ron, Tiare 
(8) and baby Michael live in Honolulu, 
where Mary Pat is Executive Director 
of Center Art Galleries 

Kathy Bingham Glover and Littleton 
live in Newnan, Ga with Littleton III 
(13) and Bingham (10), She is busy 
as "wife, mother, cook, gardener, 
chauffeur, et al. and does needlework, 
traveling, art. freelance writing and 
photography." 

Betty Booker researches, writes, 
and edits tor the Richmond Times 
Dispatch She attended reunion 

Cherry Brown Peters is in Richmond 
too. She works in data processing 
management for a utility company and 
serves on United Way and other 
boards. Son Charles III (Trey) is now 
11. 

Also in Richmond is Nancy Bollard 
Reed. She played the organ for one of 
the reunion chapel services, and did 
us proud! 

Oracle Butler and Jo Johnson 
brought Sarah. 1/2. and Tom. 9 1/2. 
to reunion, but left Tom. 10 1/2. 

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home m Blawenburg. NJ. Gracie runs 
her Sunday School, and Is on the 
State Board for the Mentally Retarded. 

Mary Anne Calhoun Farmer, Tom. 
Mary Anne 17, Harriet, 15. and 
Katharine, 9, live in Newnan, GA 
Mary Anne loves tennis and aerobics, 

Lin Campbell is one year closer to 
her degree She hopes she'll 
remember how to read fiction, enter- 
tain, and go on vacation when she's 
through, Lin Is a health care admini- 
strator for Planned Parenthood of New 
York 

Kathy Carroll and Dave Matthewson 
started their own Inll Marketing Con- 
sulting firm a year ago — she enjoys 
the work and the travel Kathy chairs 
her Chamber of Commerce's Tourism 
Committee (Alton. 11), and Is active in 
other aspects of church and 
community, 

Vicky Chainski Verity wrote that she 
was in Louisville for Derby '86, She 
and Jonathan, Jed. 19. and Vivi, 8, 
live in Dayton, Oh. 

Katie Clay Barret teaches exercise 
classes, gardens, does photography, 
and YMCA volunteer work in Paris, 
KY, where she lives with husband 
Max and daughters Elizabeth, 9, 
Anne, 7. and Lauren 4 

In San Francisco, Keenan Colton 
Kelsey is a free-lance editor and 
writer She and Megan (10) came to 
reunion, but Sean (5) was left at 
home 

Nancy Conkle Swann Is our newly 
elected class President, which, along 
with Chris, 16, and Andrew, 8, and 
various types of volunteer work In 
Asheville, should keep her quite busy! 

Bunny Cord explains the changes 
brought on by "midlife" She has 
been an energy lawyer in Washington, 
D C . as well as the owner of a farm 
in Va for more than 10 years Within 
the last 18 months, she married fellow 
lawyer Stephen Melton, sold the farm 
to the government (now part of the 
Appalachian Trail), moved to a ranch 
in Texas, and got pregnant. At this 
writing (July). Bunny and Stephen are 
awaiting the arrival of a baby girl, 
deciding whether to stay in Texas, go 
back to Washington or rural Va . or 
|Oin the family business in Cincinnati 

Robin Handle Cutler Maw fascinated 

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Class of 1966 

us all at reunion with tales of her 
involvement m PBS minlserles 
■Roanoak " She works for the Na- 
tional Endowment for the Humanities, 
and she and Michael have two 
daughters. Elizabeth. 13. and Carolyn, 
11. 

Evie Day Butler and family live in 
Memphis, where Evie is Boutique 
Mgr, for a department store, and does 
volunteer and church work 

Anne Dreher wrote that her hus- 
band. Bob Hungerford. is a public 
school administrator and "famous 
local actor, with a speaking part in 
'North-South " They live in Colum- 
bia. SC with children Jamie Brailsford 
(16). Lulu Brailsford (15) (both attend 
boarding schools in Mass) and Fan- 
nie Hungerford, who is 7 and In 3rd 
grade Anne is in her 14th year of 
teaching Theatre and Speech at U ot 
SC, directs plays locally, and wrote, 
directed, and produced Columbia's 
200th birthday celebration. She also 
has a communications consulting firm, 
which specializes in workshops on 
public speaking and creative drama, 

Barbara Dublin Van Cleave and 
George live in McLean, Va with 
Christina Koelb, 17, Willie, Michael, 
and Elizabeth 

Marslia Dumas O'Connor and Henry 
have one son at Dartmouth and 
daughters in 11th and 8th grade She 
plays tennis, "tries to survive" 
mothering and homemaking, and was 
instrumental in opening the Jr, League 
Children's Center in New Orleans 
(now a part of Children's Hospital), 
She says she and Ann (Kerr) Preaus 
wanted to attend reunion, but both 
had other commitments We'll expect 
you both for the 25th i 

Makanah Nancy Dunham Morrlss 
and Bob live in Richmond where Bob 
IS a counselor in private practice, and 
also at the Va Home for boys 
Makanah is Minister of Religious 
Education at First Unitarian Church, 
and is looking forward to a 4-month 
sabbatical Jeff Is 11, and Sara is 9 
Makanah says Sally Dunham was due 
home m Sept, from a "dig " in Syria, 

Anne Eberstadt Hollander and son 
Miles (14) live in Skippack. PA, 
where Anne is a sports masseuse, 
skates, and gardens. 



Jerri Fentress Thompson is a full- 
time parent/chauffeur", but finds 
time for riding and various community 
activities. She and Ed, Mark 11, 
Carolyn. 7, and Kim, 6, live m 
Eugene, OR 

We spent a wonderful few days in 
Cambridge, Ma. with Marcy Fisher in 
July She looks great, works for 
Public Housing in Cambridge, and Is 
the best tour guide and hostess In 
Boston' 

Anne Frothingham and Dennis Cross 
are parents of Louisa. 11. and Eliza, 
1 1/2 Anne teaches piano and is in- 
volved with community and musical 
activities in New York 

Marilyn Garabrant Morris and David, 
Blair, 5, and Anthony, 4 1/2, re- 
turned to the U S, in July after 4 
years in Taiwan She sounds excited 
about moving to Wilmington. DE , and 
says she "may even go back to 
work'" David works for Morgan Bank. 

Peggy Glllmer Myers lives in the 
Lynchburg area, and has taken on the 
class |ob of coming up with "distinc- 
tive reunion garb " for our 25th, Any 
ideas'? 

Ellie Gilmore Massie is Co-President 
of the YWCA in Darien. CT , and 
mothers Adrian, 8. and Billy, 6 

Mary Meade Gordon Winn and Tom 
are in Roanoke, where she helps with 
his OB-GYN practice, gardens, exer- 
cises, and IS active at church Their 
children are Tom. 18. Gordon. 16, 
Andrew, 14, and Meredith. 12 

VI Gravure Patek and Mark. Sarah, 
16, Sheila, 13, and Emily 10. are 
returning to the U S (South Salem. 
N Y ) after 2 1/2 years in Japan 

Sally Green Ansell is head of the 
Math Dept at Bayside Academy in 
Fairhope, AL this year. She and Sam 
have two daughters: Susie. 6 1/2. 
and Sara, 3 

El Griggs DIemar has FIVE children 
(Robert, 13, Jack, 10, Thomas, 7, 
Caroline, 4, and Charlie, 2) and still 
has enough energy to compete in. and 
win. 10k races! She and Bob and 
their brood live in Bedminster, NJ, 

Delia Harrison Ward s son Beau. 
19, is a "St, A"" at UVA. Her 
younger son, Ben, is 9 

Peggy Henning MInnick and Jeff 
live in Locust Valley, NY They have 



three children Linden. 9 1/2, 
Duncan, 7, and Margaret 4 1/2 Peggy 
teaches Latin 

Harriette Horsey Sturgis teaches 
French and sometimes English at 
Louisberg College in North Carolina, 
She and her husband have two sons, 
15 and 17 Hariette is seeking ordina- 
tion as a permanent deacon in her 
Episcopal church and is interested m 
helping the educationally handicapped 
She enioys gardening and cooking 

Linda Hovde and Louis Buehler live 
in Lafayette, IN , where she directs 

Leadership Lafayette ", which trains 
people to be leaders in volunteer 
work They have two children: Brad, 
18, and Jennifer. 15, 

Jeannle Jackson Exum and Joe s 
children. Jay, 16, Manning, 13 and 
Sallie. 8, are always on the go Jay 
spent the summer m France on a 
Rotary exchange program, Jeannle 
teaches French at the academy in 
Kinston, NC 

Carey Judy Weathers and Dallon 
have (our: Dallon. Jr . 11, Louisa. 9. 
Susannah, 6, and Kay, 5 Carey 
"keeps busy " with volunteer work at 
the children's school, Jr League, and 
Ballet, In Columbia. 

Richmond is home to Sally Kalber 
Fiedler, Jay, Lee, 16, and Julie, 14 

Susan Kjeldsen Roos and Bill live in 
Brooklyn, where Susan is head of the 
Math Dept, at Packer Collegiate insti- 
tute. They have a girl, Jen, 6, and a 
boy. Casey, 13 

Lome Lasslter Boatright and Jim 
also have a "flock"' (hers and his): 
Lydia, 15. Hanes, 12. Jennifer, 19, 
Gillian, 17, and Allison, 14 Lome is 
President ot WORKOUT! Exercise 
Studios, and is active in the 
community 

Jane Ellen LIshnoft Glasser teaches 
English at Norfolk Academy, where 
her students include Marty Rogers 
Brown's daughter, Peggy Jane Ellen 
IS also a published poet, and has two 
daughters ot her own. Harrah, 14, 
and Jessica 

Lee Mackubin Miller and Patrick 
live in Atlanta, and have three 
children: Patrick III, 15, Macon, 10 
and Anne, 3 Lee serves on the vestry 
of her church, and does community 
and volunteer work 

Martha Madden Swanson and hus- 
band David both work at Georgetown 
University Son Michael, 15, earned a 
school letter last year. Daughter 
Sarah, 11, is now in 6th grade, and 
loves dance and track. 

Patty Martin Rodier-Kern describes 
her happy ad|ustment as mother to 
Bob's (Kern) two children She does 
research on birth defects of the ner- 
vous system at Rochester Medical 
School, and teaches, too' Sheila 
Mahoney is an administrator at the 
hospital 

Mary McGrew Lee and children 
Ginger and Jeb live at Rehoboth 
Beach. DE Mary works as a mental 
health counselor 

Cindi Michel Blakely and Bob 
Eden. 13, and Ian, 10. live in 

Sweet Briar College 



Houston, where Cindi does volunteer 
work with PTA and Ballet 

Randi Miles Long saw Anne Newton 
in San Francisco attar reunion Randi 
IS working on her California teaching 
certification, and has only one course 
left: she hoped to have a part-time |0b 
this fall Herb works for Chevron, and 
the four Mileses (inci Melissa. 16, 
and Kent, 13) had a great summer ex- 
ploring the Pacific Northwest. They 
looked at colleges for Melissa, and 
went to "Expo" in Vancouver, The 
highlight of Kent's summer was 
skateboarding camp, 

Kathy Mockett wrote that she is still 
in computer consulting" on an IBM 
S/38 Her husband John is president 
of Ins Graphics, a "high-tech start- 
up", which makes four-color prints 
using digital photography Children 
and steps include: Alyson, 13, Aman- 
da, 10, (both into soccer, dance, and 
church). Lisa. 19. and Karl. 17, 

Susan Moorman Southworth and 
Gus have two children. Hunter, 6, and 
Taylor. 2 They live m a 1763 house 
m Woodbury, CT which is getting a 
family room, master bath and cosmetic 
overhaul, Susan has a full-time ]ob 
and also volunteers: Gus heads the 
litigation dept at a Waterbury law 
firm 

Wick Nalle and Bob Rowland are 
parents of Julia, 6, and Emily, 4 
Wich keeps busy with home and fami- 
ly. Jr League, church, and choir 

In Richmond, Jane Nelson is a 
social worker, and is active at church 
and in the community 

Margaret Nichols Markham and 
Julian live in Rochester, MD , with 
Julian III. 12, and Ann Catherine. 10 
Margaret says she is a full-time 
mother but has also returned to 
school 

Joan Niles Tansey was delivered of 
a "bouncing baby boy" on May 31, 
1986 (James Niles Tansey) 

Marcia Pace Lindstrom s son. 
Christopher Pennewill. is a freshman 
at W & L this year — Marcia wants 
to know if anybody else has children 
m school in the area Her other 
children are Ashley. 13. and Ellison, 
10. 

Abby Patterson Scltultis has our 
very first alum daughter Parker 
entered as a freshman this fall 
Younger daughter Ashton is into 
horses and music Abby and Gary 
plan to go to Australia in Feb. and 
Japan and Hong Kong later on Abby 
also competes with her driving pony, 
skis, and gardens They live in New 
Jersey, 

Cindy Paugh Korfmann lives in 
Switzerland Her two children (Roger, 
21, and Kristen. 16) are at school at 
U South Carolina, and the Hotchkiss 
School, Cindy also works at an invest- 
ment company, teaches tennis, and 
translates 

Andrea Pearson and Al Pennington 
live m Mobile, where she is a lawyer, 
and court referee at Strickland Youth 
Center They have two children, Kate. 
7, and Anna, 3 

Alumnae Magazine 



Laura Penick Felt, Navy Capt Bob. 
Elizabeth, 16, and Emily, 15, have 
|ust returned "from tour wonderful 
years m Japan " This tour of duty 
for Bob (who IS in oceanography and 
meteorology) will be for two years in 
Washington, DC, They will live m 
Springfield, Va, 

Lida Lee Pierce Small and Wayne 
are partners in three Hallmark stores 
in Stanton, VA Daughter Krysta is a 
freshman at U.Va., and Courtney is 
17. 

Katie Lou Pritchett Harris is owner 
of a real estate firm: she alone sold 
over $5 million worth in Decatur, AL , 
last year Her children are Pressley, 
17, West. 15, and Nikki, 13 

Helen Raney PInckney is also in 
Richmond Mother to Sarah, 17, and 
Tom. 15, she is an active gardener 
and does some landscape design. 

Diana Redlker Slaughter s husband. 
Bill, is running for the Alabama state 
Legislature Diana herself works lull- 
time as a business writer and editorial 
consultant for several large corpora- 
tions Sons Will and Hanson are in 
9th and 8th grades. They moved to a 
new house over Thanksgiving — and 
to top It off. Diana hoped to get her 
karate brown belt in September' 

Linda Reynolds is still at the Ken- 
nedy Center for the Performing Arts. 
She will be our reunion song leader 
for the 25th. so pass ideas along to 
her 

Natalie Roberts Sherill and Steve 
live in Columbia. MD. where Natalie is 
a Branch Chief at the Social Security 
Central Office. Natalie is also president 
of the Board of Trustees for her 
church 

Courtenay Sands and Steve Wilson 
have two boys, Alex. 3. and Stuart. 
1 She says she is a "professional 
volunteer", and works part-time as 
Vice President for Community Rela- 
tions for Wilson Financial Corp They 
live in Jacksonville. FL. 

Di Simrell Savory teaches in a 
Montessori school in Goshen, CT. She 
and husband Phillip have two girls. 
Jess. 12. and Emily. 8 

Penny Steketee Sidor ran for the 
School Board this year' She and 
Mike, Matt, 9, and Jeff 7. live in 
Chicago 

Another professional volunteer is 
Corky Stevenson. She still lives in 
Chevy Chase, and is currently being 
framed by "Dickens", her golden 
retriever pup. who at 9 mos already 
weighed 65 lbs, 15 oz 

Susan Sudduth Dodson and 
daughter Penn. 11, live in Little Rock 
Susan is vice president and co-owner 
of Computer Systems Integrators, 
which does medical office systems. 
She has also published a computery 
book You will be hearing from her. 
as she is our new fund agent 

Sally Thomas Hoffman and Paul are 
building a new house in Snohomish. 
WA Sally is an engineer, and is 
working on her MBA 

Wing Todd Sigler teaches school, 
and engages in "mammoth projects" , 



such as painting her house, cutting 
her way through the |ungle at her 
waterfront, educating the world in 
favor of the Humane Society (even 
though she had to undergo the 
Pasteur treatment for rabies, when bit- 
ten by a wild animal last spring), and 
"becoming an altruist in her old 
age " Husband Edward is a therapist 
for a large addiction clinic in Orlando 

Shelley Turner lives in London, 
publishes books, and travels all over 
the world 

Sid Turner and husband Ken Van 
Koten live in Catonsville, MD. She 
works for the Social Security Ad- 
ministration, and raises show dogs 
(Brittany spaniels) 

Sally Van Winkle Campbell and 
Tinsley live here in Louisville They do 
some musical theater together: Sally 
sings with a group and is loving act- 
ing and learning about the theatre 
Sallys son. Ward Deters, is a 
freshman at Denison, and son Van is 
8 

Linda Wallace Bailey is on her 
"third career", that of systems 
analyst. She and Skeeter have a 
restaurant in Leesburg, and are 
parents to Russell. 7. and Taylor. 4, 

Anne Ward Stern and Ed live in 
Maplewood, NJ. where she is 
Development Director for Oak Knoll 
School Robbie, 8, and Ward, 4, 
riding, and theatre all keep her busy, 

Julie Whitehurst MacKinlay Is an 
EMS Medical attendant, trustee of 
Norfolk Academy, runner, tennis 
player, and mother of four: Phoebe. 
16. Vanessa, 13, Alexandra, 10, and 
Charlotte 9 

Penn Willets Mullin writes 
children's books. Her own children 
are Hadley. 11. Brennan. 14, and 
Lucy, 5. She also plays tennis, is 
active in community and church, and 
is on the SBC Alum Board, 

Judy Wilson Grant wrote that "life 
with all the little Grantlets keeps 
Newell and me busy " Margaret, 9, is 
a soccer goalie and the only girl on 
her baseball team: Will. 7. is a bud- 
ding zoologist and Cub Scout. Newell, 
Jr , |ust started kindergarten, and 
Caroline is 3 1/2. Judy is immersed 
in school activities and Newell is in 
commercial real estate and ranching. 
They live in Littleton. CO. 

Susie Wilson Ashcom is in real 
estate (selling horse farms), has two 
kids m college, and lives in Tryon, 
I^C, Husband Robert is Master of 
Hounds and Huntsman 

Bunny Cord sent a great article 
from "The Chronicle of the Horse" 
about Peppie Yeager Rankin who 
represented the US, at the Federation 
Equestrian International-Nashua World 
Cup in Holland last March. Peppie is 
married to Tom, a Baltimore 
neurosurgeon, and they have five 
children: Alexandra. 16, Caroline, 14, 
Tom. Jr . Ruth Marie 5. and Carroll 3, 

We Helms are thriving Son Pen is 
16. and a lunior; is looking at colleges 
(East coast), and is into computers, 
writing, and acting Ted is 11 and is 



looking forward to performing in the 
Louisville Ballet's. Nutcracker for the 
fourth year both in Louisville and on 
the road in Nashville Nelson con- 
tinues lawyering (mostly estate plan- 
ning) and I still love my public rela- 
tions job at Louisville Presbyterian 
Seminary. 

It was super to hear from so many 
— but what happened to the rest of 
you' Right now, sit down and write a 
note to me or Corky. Let us know it 
you ever go through, the welcome 
mats are always out 



1970 



President 

Kalherine A, Schlech, 1538 Mount 

Eagle Place. Alexandria. Va. 22302 

Secretary 

Nia Eldridge Eaton (Mrs Gilbert J ) 

461 Rittenhouse Blvd . Jeffersonville. 

PA 19401 

Fund Agent 

Stuart Davenport Slmrill (Mrs 

Spenser). 1380 S 6 St Louisville. KY 

40208 

Most of us marked the trauma of 
the 20th anniversary of high school 
graduation in the Spring of '86 Many 
of you wrote news of SBC friends 
gleaned at these encounters Thank 
you all for your responses 

Keith Brown Oehlert said. I ran 
out of things to do as a mother of 
one, CPA, and aerobics instructor and 
so I had a baby, our second daughter. 
Amanda Elizabeth, who lOins 7 year 
old Elizabeth Jane." Lyn Barr Hoyt 
and I "reyuned" a plenty at our 20th 
Pictures the next day show several 
sleepless women looking like outakes 
from "Alien" Lyn, Reed, sons Foster 
and Tyler. Scottie Ossa. and Legs the 
snake have moved to Frammgham MA 
where Reed has taken a |ob with the 
US Army Research Labs m Natick 
Reed is an exercise physiologist and 
Lyn gets her exercise chasing the 
boys, moving, and lining up schools 
and sitters 

Carey Cleveland Swan is very 
happy with new law firm, new mar- 
riage and new house" She is less 
delighted with Houston's economy 
which she reports is as bad as its 
press Maggie Cooper Tyner and 
children. Rob (12), Cooper (9), and 
Mimi (6) live in Clarksdale where 
Maggie, finally in possesion of her 
masters degree, works as a guidance 
counselor at Lee Academy Diane 
Councill Sweeney wails. "My psyche 
IS m boxes — |ust moved over the 
state line to VA but it might |ust as 
well be CA' 30 days to enroll kids 
(Leigh Erin (8.5) and Kerry (5). 
license cars, dog etc'" Diane left Pan 
Am 5 years ago when the Dulles base 
was closed and has been busy with 
the Junior League since Mike is field 
manager with IBM in Reston 

Stuart Davenport Slmrill urges us all 

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to give to the Annual Fund, Mary 
Oietz Brown, Ctiarles. and Cathy (15) 
have spent the past 10 years m CO, 
They have been taking full advantage 
ot the wonderful outdoor sports the 
Rockies offer Terri Eoff Walsh has 
been a moving target this summer 
Terri. David, baby Nicholas. Andrew, 
and Heather met both Terri's folks 
and the chicken pox in Colorado. Once 
they returned home, Tern moved to 
larger quarters in Harrisonburg to 
accommodate her brood. Claudia For- 
man Ostrander is a VP with Sovran 
Bank and had a busy civic year as a 
member of the Board of Directors ot 
the Mortgage Bankers Assn in Metro 
Washington and chairperson of their 
4th Annual Income Property Seminar 
for 300 attendees. She is now serving 
as treasurer of the northern VA 
chapter of the Natl Assn of Industrial 
& Office parks May Humphreys Fox 
acts as Health Care and Legislative 
consultant for a Richmond law firm 
May and Charlie have been building 
an addition to their house and George 
(7) IS in 2nd grade and Keely (5) 
enters kindergarten. This summer, the 
family plans a trip to the Adirondacks 
and May and Charlie hope to get to 
France in the fall She sees Katie 
McCardell Webb often and keeps in 
touch with Wallis Wickham in 
Brooklme MA 

Our favorite internist, Ann Gateley, 
IS still teaching and practicing 
medicine at the University of Texas 
Medical School, Ann says she runs 
approximately 60 miles a week Deb- 
bie Warren Rommel cheered your pro- 
gress during the Houston Marathon 
when you flew past her house, Betty 
Glass Smith and I en|oyed luncheon in 
Richmond, Betty is VP of operations at 
Sovran Bank and Bill is with Virginia 
Power, After 10 years, Betty has pro- 
claimed her house "finished" for now 
and sons Ran (4) and Corbin (3) keep 
them "hoppin Schuyler Gott Herbert 
was elected president of the St, Louis 
Junior League, A vice president of 
trust services at Clayton Mercantile 
National Bank, she was written up in 
the 5/ Louis Business Journal for be- 
ing the first employed head of that ci- 
ty's Junior League Frances Gravely 
Frankstone reports that Susan (7,5) 
and Lee (4 5) are both "happy and 
healthy, Frances works at Vitri, the 
family Italian import company, and 
lawyer husband David is "exploring 
computers" The Boards of SBC and 
several other non-profit organizations 
benefit from Fran Griffith Laserson's 
talents, Fran reports her life is 
"punctuated by children's (Tenley (6) 
and Galen (2 5) ) milestones" 

Laura Hawkins wrote charging 
Sweet Briar's computer with hopeless 
sexism. It seems the micro mind not 
only acknowledges Laura's marriage 
to Ray Olivera Brady, but insists that 
Laura adopt his name (Ed's note 
We will enter your name in the com- 
puter any way you want. Unless we 're 
asked to do otherwise, we use mar- 
ried names (eg Mrs John Brown) lor 

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mailing labels. It you have a 
preference, be sure to let the Alumnae 
Office l<now ) 

Joanne Hicks Robblee {ust moved 
into her dream house in Springfield 
VA, Paul is an appellate ludge on the 
Court of Military Review. Clay (13) 
excels in scouting and hockey while 
Jessica (9) pursues swimming and 
gymnastics. 

I got a chance to catch up with a 
tan and vibrant Tricia Hodge Parks at 
our reunion. Tricia has her own com- 
pany, Intellisys, whose local concept 
is the "Intelligent House " which 
functions under computer control 
Baird Hunter Campbell writes glowing- 
ly of life in Annapolis Bill and Baird 
are kept on the run by Neal, Clay, 
and Parker, Family demands have 
forced Baird to cut down on most of 
her volunteer activities except lor the 
Jr League, church and the boys' 
school 

Once more. Page Kjellslrom has 
rushed into the breach with wonderful 
informative tidbits, Adelaide Johnston 
Skoglund and John are still busy 
shuttling between Florida and Min- 
nesota Debbie Jones is living in 
Springfield PA and is Assoc Director 
of Continuing Education for Jefferson 
Medical College in Phila Her hus- 
band, John Engel, works with the Na- 
tional Board of Medical Examiners, 
Elsa Jones Farter took the summer off 
from Addison Gilbert Hospital m 
Gloucester MA where she is a cardiac 
ultrasound technician, Alexandra (9) 
and Roddy (6) have mom to take them 
swimming and sailing Chip and Kathy 
Cummings Catlin and the Porters are 
godparents and sitters to each others 
children, 

Corbin Kendig Rankin and husband, 
Tom, celebrate the birth of another 
son. Both Fran and Page have been 
able to visit Corbin as they go through 
Richmond Dayna Kinnard Shah and 
her husband will be living in 
Islamabad, Pakistan for the next 
several years Page Kjellslrom con- 
tinues as Protocol Officer for Chemical 
Bank in New York, She has been to 
Berlin on business and Paris on vaca- 
tion. Stateside, Page checked in with 
Kathy Barnes Hendricks at St 
Catherine's reunion 

Barbara LaLance Kelly, fresh from a 
trip to Va and W, Va reports her 
daughters, aged 6 and 9. were smit- 
ten by Sweet Briar's beauty, Barbara 
Ann still edits for the NY State Dept of 
Ed, and Terry is an attorney with the 
Organized Crime Task Force, Wood Jr 
(11) and Will (8) are the lucky sons 
of Cathy Louis Lovell, Cathy laments 
that the children 'would have been 
better off with a mother of a higher 
energy level and more intense interest 
in athletics". Wood has his own real 
estate company in Atlanta and Cathy, 
after 10 years of teaching Latin, is 
pursuing portrait painting 

Susan McGrath Moses and Garnet 
(14) extolled the virtues of VA Beach 
in the summer Susan still works for 
Prudential Financial Services selling 



securities Elizabeth McKee Werlinich 

IS traveling extensively for Estee 
Lauder International as Senior 
Marketing Director Husband Doug is 
General Manager lor Midland Banks' 
US, Operations Great News! Betty 
McLemore married Albert Sidney 
White III on February 1, 1986, Mar- 
dane says Al is a CPA and that Betty 
should have her MBA from William & 
Mary in December They are living in 
Poquoson, VA Becky Mitchell 
Keister's first child, Kitty (1,5) joins a 
household of 4 cats and 2 goldfish 
Becky is still hard at work at Johnson 
Lane, a regional brokerage firm. She 
manages to keep in touch with Jane 
Rush Davenport in NYC, Corbin Ken- 
dig Rankin, and Molly Woltz Carrison 
in Greensboro Emmy Moravec Holt 
writes from drought-stricken Greenville 
that all is bustling with Bill, Will, 
Elizabeth, and Emily. Emmy joins her 
daughters in Suzuki violin and teaches 
part-time at a school for children with 
learning disabilities Put Mundy Eb- 
inger is director of the Bachelor of 
Science in Foreign Service Program at 
Georgetown Univ. Put has made revi- 
sions and changes in science, 
technology, and international affairs 
programs as well as in regional and 
comparative studies. She was elected 
president of Georgetown's chapter of 
Phi Beta Kappa, Charley has received 
media recognition (Wall St. Journal. 
New York Times, and CBS News) for 
his interviews on falling energy prices, 

Julia Northrup has been named AVP 
of 1st Interstate Bank of Washington 
in the Employee Benefits division of 
the Trust dept, Julie's 2-day 150 mile 
bike ride around Puget Sound to 
benefit MS was "somewhere between 
hell and fantastic"' 

Bonnie Palmer McCloskey is pulling 
up stakes and moving to Aspen, CO, 
where the family has summered lor 
the last 5 years. She is busy getting 
Todd (11), David (9), Lauren (5), and 
Devon (2) enrolled in their new 
schools Within 2 weeks she ran into 
Lucy Lombard! Evans and Kathy 
Waldrop, Kay Parham Picha is working 
towards her master's in middle school 
education at UNC-G, Mandy (10) and 
Tom (9) keep her busy as Girl Scout 
leader and violinist in the school 
band, David is busy with his com- 
pany. Classic Dyestuffs Inc, in High 
Point NC, The Pichas took in the 4th 
of July celebration in NYC and Expo in 
Vancouver B C this summer Mary 
Jo Petree Murphy, is involved in the 
Jr, League as well as mothering Mary 
Elizabeth (13), Will (11) and Jay (8) 
Mary Joe is forming a volunteer guild 
to support Bethabara Park, the oldest 
Moravian Settlement in NC, and can 
even engineer an escape to their con- 
do on Kiawah Island, Kate (previously 
Kathy) Pinner and her husband, Lou 
Stalworth live in Princeton and pro- 
duce original plays under the auspices 
of PinnWorth Productions Another 
PinnWorth Production is daughter Jor- 
dan Etheredge, almost 2, Kathy Pot- 
terlield is busy working in physical 



therapy and church activities. She had 
a reunion this summer with friends 
she met 7 yrs ago with Friendship 
Force in Germany, 

While her oldest were camping in 
NC, Betty Rau Schewel worked on the 
90-yr history of their Synagogue — 
part of Lynchburg's bicentennial, 
Betty is also editing SBC Friends of 
Art newsletter and urges her 
classmates to support the gallery 
1971 had almost 100 alums, 
husbands and kids lor their 15th Reu- 
nion; that throws the gauntlet down 
for our 20th — so start planning! 
Mardane Rebentlsch McLemore writes 
that she caught the Reunion preg- 
nancy bug and gave birth to Sarah 
Elizabeth in April. Mardane is vice 
president of VA's Water Pollution 
Management Assoc. She supervises 
150 employees and is responsible for 
the operations of 4 of the district's 9 
treatment plants, 

Kate Schlech's 3-wk China trip this 
summer got cancelled so she is 
placating herself with a cruise from 
London to Amsterdam, Scandinavia 
and Leningrad, Kate has been in DC 
with the Dept of Justice for 1,5 years. 
Spare moments are spent teaching 
herself the recorder. 

Margaret Sharp Howell and hus 
band Bill moved back to their home 
town, Nashville Elizabeth Smith and 
husband, Rob Adams, are off on a 
vacation to Yugoslavia's Dalmatian 
Coast, Greece, and Turkey. They live 
in the DC area where Elizabeth works 
in banking law and Rob specializes in 
law relating to Savings and Loans. 
Lloyd, daughter Lily Hayes, and Pat 
Swinney Kaufman anxiously await the 
birth of their next little girl. Modern 
science took the guess out of the 
gender but none of the thrill. Pat 
urges SBC friends to call her when 
they are m NY since the film festival 
in France conflicts with SBC reunions. 

Look up "peripatetic " in a good 
dictionary and you should see Sally 
Taylor's picture. Sally has addresses 
m several continents and probably one 
of the more sophisticated message 
and mail forwarding systems as she 
keeps up her tour guides of biking 
and wine as well as her specialty ar- 
ticles Heather Tully Click has been in 
Peachtree City, Ga. for 2,5 years, 
While Amanda (5) and Benjamin (3) 
are in school. Heather spends several 
days a month nursing at a Coronary 
Intensive Care Center Richard made 
co-pilot with Eastern and flies fighters 
in the Air National Guard out of Mont- 
gomery ALA 

Debbie Warren Rommel. Ann 
Gateley's marathon cheerleader, is try- 
ing to keep Emily, Andy, and Sadie 
cool and busy this summer, Ross is 
totally immersed in his law career Ka- 
ty Warren wrote in haste that she had 
just returned from her dream trip to 
Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore 
and Thailand New York's Pierpont 
Morgan Library boasts of our lady of 
urbanity, Elizabeth Wilson as its 
Public Affairs Officer Suzy Yates 

Sweet Briar College 



Cahill and Bob are the doting parents 
of Laura, who turned one in August 
1986 

Anne Adare Wood did about 8 
million dollars in real estate sales in 
1985 lor her firm. Shannon & Luchs. 
She bought two new properties of her 
own and is living in and renovating 
one — a great little house overlooking 
the Potomac in DC. She has traveled a 
lot. as usual (Aspen, St Thomas, 
Bahamas. Florida) and has good, fre- 
quent visits with her daughter, 
Kimberlyn 

For the first half of this year I spent 
alternate weeks in Boston working on 
a special marketing assignment involv- 
ing optical disc technology. The initial 
phase completed. I have returned to 
my original |0b as Eastern Regional 
Sales Manager and have a little more 
time to pursue extracurricular acti- 
vities Gil recently left ComputerLand 
to act as Technical Services Manager 
for MicroAge in Berwyn PA. Spare 
time this summer was spent swim- 
ming and reading trashy novels by the 
pool and waging a losing battle with 
poison ivy for control of the backyard 

My mailbox is waiting tor more 
news... 



1974 



President 

Elizabeth Redwine Garner (Mrs Ralph 
Edward). 316 Banbury Road, Winston- 
Salem, NO 27104 
Secretary 

Elinor Plowden Boyd (Mrs Douglas 
P.). 7416 Vintage Lane, West Bloom- 
field. Ml 48033 
Fund Agents 

Margaret Myers Sullivan (Mrs John 
J.). 7741 N Sherman Drive. In- 
dianapolis. IN 46240 
Mary F. Witt, MD, 4511 Pineridge Cir- 
cle. Atlanta. Ga 30338 

Elizabetli Andrews Watts has moved 
again, to Pungoteague, VA, on the 
Eastern Shore She and her family are 
enjoying country lite and she plans to 
visit Jane Frierson in Washington 
when she needs to get back to 
civilization Barbara Ashton Schiller 
visited in Birmingham, AL this sum- 
mer. She is busy in Fritch, TX, with 
her two boys (2 and 5) and church 
activities Husband Scott works for 
Phillips Petroleum, in safety. A year 
ago. they got together with Nancy Lea 
Houghton. Hoot and family Betsy 
Banl<s Daley moved into her first home 
in Berkeley Hills. CA. complete with 
deer, owls and a eucalyptus grove. 
She's teaching creative movement to 
about 100 children in a program run 
by Mary Joyce Her consulting 
business is blossoming and she's still 
in business school but takes time out 
to play music Betsy Biggar Hellmuth 
and Janie Reeb Chadwick are still 
running their clothing business and 
Janie has added reasonably priced 



jewelry to it. Four times a year, while 
Betsys two eldest are in school, they 
turn the first floor of Betsy's house 
into a specialty boutique for moms 
and daughters 

Lisa Blakely Martin's oldest son. 
Tony, started high school this year 
and Chris, the youngest, is in 2nd 
grade. Husband. Don. is a home- 
builder in Greenville. SC. Lisa teaches 
aerobics 2-3 times a week and Don is 
trying to interest her in running the 
NYC Marathon Sally Brlce-O'Hara was 
promoted to Lieutenant Commander m 
the Coast Guard and expects a 
transfer from Cape May. NJ m 1987 
Her sons. 4 and 2. keep her busy but 
she's finding time for arts, crafts and 
logging, Anita Brosius Sisk, Robert 
and daughter. Maria, have moved to 
Pittsburgh PA and love it Robert 
works with Westinghouse and studies 
at Carnegie-Mellon Lucy Bryan 
Ballard and Bob have a new house. 5 
blocks from the beach at Virginia 
Beach. They're en|oying bike rides 
and trips to Duck. NC. and Hatteras 
and are in the market for a 
Chesapeake Bay retriever Mary Lee 
Burch Weil is teaching French at 
Newark Central School in Geneva, NY. 
She won a grant from the National En- 
dowment lor the Humanities to par- 
ticipate in a summer French institute 
at SUNY-Potsdam, Her son. Grant. 4. 
is doing well m SBC 66'er Meredith 
Moodie's school. "The Children's 
Hours" Mary Bush Norwood, Felton. 
and two daughters. Palmer. 17 and 
Dorsey. 15. had a great week in Paris 
and Brussels in March, Mary is still in 
media brokerage in Atlanta and is 
president of the National Association 
of Media Brokers, Jean Cartwright 
Dickson and her family are in Waco, 
Tx. where Jean is a "retired " dental 
hygienist and husband David is a real 
estate attorney They have a son, 
Austin, 6 1/2, and a new baby, An- 
nalisa. born in May '85, Wendy 
Cherry and husband. Ted. had a love- 
ly trip to St Bartholemy and Wendy 
was able to make herself understood 
This spring. Wendy's brokerage firm 
sent the two to Switzerland. Robin 
Christian Ryan, Jerry and the boys are 
moving into a new house in Flour- 
town. PA. "a lovely, old. typical 
Pennsylvania fieldstone house with lots 
of work and lots of charm" A Mor- 
mon au pair will live with them next 
year and Robin will become a product 
manager for letters of credit and inter- 
national trade products at the 
Philadelphia National Bank 

Bonnie Chronowski Brophy s big 
news from Summit. NJ. is the birth of 
Meghan Teresa on April 13 A minia- 
ture schnauzer has also arrived on the 
scene and Chris. 8. has named him 
"Giddings", In Washington. Sally 
Clary has been named vice president 
ol corporate affairs for the Home 
Owners Warranty Corporation, the 
largest new home builder warranty 
and insurance program in America 
Ram Cogghill still loves her Wall St. 
job with Mabon, Nugent and Co, in 



NYC She had a couple of great trips 
to London, Bermuda and the Bonaven- 
tura Spa in Florida Over the 4th of 
July. Pam. Sue Castle Rolewick, and 
Maureen Hynes Binder got together. I 
missed a call from Alice Cohn but her 
mother tells me she has her own 
thoroughbred farm, complete with 
former SBC co-workers, in Folsom. 
LA Jean Conner Churchill is doing 
adoption home studies for infertile 
couples via the Catholic Charities of 
the Diocese of Arlington. VA Blair 
Converse Bentall will move back to 
Los Angeles this year from Scotland, 
where she has been running a 
theatrical agency in Edinburgh She 
has been living in bonny Scotland 
since her marriage in London in Jan 

83 Cindy Craighlll Archer has moved 
to Washington, DC, Wanda Cronic is a 
charge of advertising and public rela- 
tions for Cronic Chevrolet-Pontiac- 
Nissan in Griffin, GA, She is active in 
aerobics and the American Business- 
women's Association for which she 
coordinated a spring fashion show 
lund-raiser Colleen Dee Butterick and 
Merle now have 4 Domino's Pizza 
Stores in Southern Wisconsin and 
expect to have a couple more open 
before the end of the year Colleen 
worked with the parent corporation for 
a year. She and Merle have bought a 
6 bedroom house on 10 acres: if 
anyone has a humane solution for 
gophers and groundhogs, let them 
know' Mitch Oore is doing great in 
AZ, selling her jewelry designs and 
planning large environmental pieces 
with local architects She's looking for 
a warehouse m Tucson, to be a 
blacksmith and sculptor is her "true 
desire". In Lake Forest, IL, Laurie 
Epstein raises funds for her old 
school. Ferry Hall and is still with 
Grayslake Gelatin Co Also in Lake 
Forest, Karen Fennell Holly started a 
business, she's designing children's 
wear under the name, "Banbury 
Cross" and has showings in NY and 
Chicago. Daughter, Meghan, is 3 

Mary Foster Strickland and John 
have a 2 year-old daughter. Mary 
Kathryn They live in Kennesaw, GA. 
where Mary teaches severely emo- 
tionally disturbed children. In Salinas. 
CA. Andria Francis Haruda has 

"retired " from CTB/McGraw-Hill to 
spend time with 13-month-old 
Ashleigh, She's doing part-time con- 
sulting tor a local publisher and help- 
ing Fred to write an application for a 
grant to do research on seizure pa- 
tients and their medications. They are 
enjoying restoring a '64 Jaguar 
Emory Furniss Maxwell. Charles. Fur- 
niss and Christianne moved into a 
new home in Annapolis. MD in Jan 
'86 In May. they took part in Coca- 
Cola's 100th birthday celebration 
(Charles's employer) and then went 
sailing on the bay for a week They 
enjoyed seeing Edie McRee Whiteman 
and Jane Hutcherson Frierson recent 
ly Lee Gamble Peralta-Ramos is work 
ing as an architect/interior designer 
with her own firm in Cody. Wyoming. 



She has two daughters. Lindsey. 8 
and Ashley. 1 1/2. and is raising 
miniature burros on the side ("the 
perfect children's pet "). Debbie Grillin 
Tanner and family are still in Newport 
News Mary Shaw Halsey was married 
in Dec '85 to Robert Evan Marks, a 
vice president of Carl Marks and Co. 
in NY 
Debbie Hart Eiserle, Dave. Jeannie. 

5 and David. 2. visited family and 
friends in Ohio, Indiana and Ten- 
nessee, Dave is completing his MBA 
From Regina, Saskatchewan. Mimi Hill 
Wilk keeps up with SBC friends on 
the telephone She highly recommends 
Canada for vacations, especially Lake 
Diefenbaker where they keep their 
houseboat Paula J. Hollingsworth- 
Thomas and Steve have been married 
tor 7 years and have 2 children. 
Charles. 4. and Lillian Elise. 1 They 
spent a long time and had many pro- 
blems in renovating their house, Paula 
IS still a litigation paralegal with Sun 
Exploration and Production Co and 
Steve was promoted to Court Services 
Director of Dallas County, Paula is 
president of the Kaufman Garden Club 
and Steve is an Elder and Sunday 
School teacher in the Presbyterian 
Church. After teaching handicapped 
preschoolers for 11 years, Debbie 
Hooker Sauers is staying home with 
her new family She and Gary adopted 
Brett Joseph in February when he was 

6 weeks old. She also expects the 
birth of a second child in October 
Jane Hutcherson Frierson moved to 
Arlington, VA with her son Lawrence, 
4, She's designing data bases for the 
Space and Naval Warfare Systems 
Command She's been seeing a lot of 
old buddies Ehzabeth Watts. Sally 
Clary, Beverly Crispin Hellernan 75 
Libby Whitley 75 and Emory Furniss 
Maxwell. Laura Hutchinson Thompson 
bought a "fixer-upper"" in Mon- 
tgomery. Al and is in the process ol 
renovation, packing and moving with 
the help of Laura Hails. 3. and Hud- 
son. 9 mos. She's no longer "gainful- 
ly employed" and loves it, Sarah 
Johnston Knoblauch and Michael 
celebrated the arrival of Kelly McKee 
in May Sarah continues to give art 
classes in her home studio while 
Michael transforms their colonial into 
an expanded saltbox — he's doing all 
the carpentry himself Kathy Kavanagh 
IS still enjoying Baltimore and her job 
at the Walters Art Gallery. She's also 

a partner in the Franklin Group, a firm 
of consultants to nonprofit organiza- 
tions Linda Kemp visited London last 
l\lovember. She is looking forward to 
Nancy Mortensen's wedding in 
October. 

Penny Lagakos Turak and George 
have opened their gallery at 1721 
Spruce Street m Philadelphia. They 
will specialize in 19th and early 20th 
century American and European paint- 
ings Mary Landon Barkley has her 
own fitness TV show on the Texas 
NBC affiliate, KCEN-TV, She is 
expanding her aerobics program all 
over the US, from Hewitt. TX and in- 



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43 



vites SBCers to teach and run their 
own business Alethea Lee does 
abstract painting and needlepoint in 
Ossining, NY and also does creative 
work with children Missy Leib Veghle 
and Bob are still working on their 
house in Salem. NJ, Missy loves hav- 
ing her son. Rox. 6, in her first-grade 
gym class Eleanor Magruder Harris 
and her two boys. 7 and 3. visited 
Mary Lee Burch Weil and Grant. 4. 
Jeannie Manning Schmldley, James, 
and Max, 3. announce the arrival of 
William Manning Schmldley on 
January 29, '86. They are all enjoying 
Cleveland where Jeannie practices law 
two days per week and stays active 
with the Junior League, Marilyn Mar- 
shall Livingston and Bill are moving 
into a new house in Falls Church. VA 
in October and expect their third child 
at the end of the year. Lisa Martin 
Ferguson is a licensed speech 
pathologist at the Intercommunity 
Medical Center in Covina. CA. Hus- 
band Jim is a family physician in 
Glendora. They are on a ranch with all 
the amenities — horses, coyotes, cac- 
tus, deer and rattlesnakes, yet they 
are only 30 minutes from the beach or 
LA! 

Ann Stuart McKie Kling and Bill 
(married September 6) are in Dallas 
where Ann is the toy buyer at 
Neiman-Marcus Cindy Sutherland and 
Robin Singleton Cloyd. SBC 75, were 
bridesmaids, Ann and Bill (originally 
from Indianapolis) met on a blind date 
through Ann's aerobics instructor, 

Edie McRea Whileman and Mac love 
Richmond, VA, in August they moved 
to a new home south of the James 
River with lots of woods and space for 
Jamie, 4, to play. They expect a se- 
cond child at Christmas. Mac has a 
new |ob at the Sovran Bank. Edie had 
a successful lobbying effort in the VA 
General Assembly for a 43% increase 
in state funding for museums. Tana 
Meier Parseliti spent a full year 
volunteering at son. Dan's elementary 
school and daughter. Dana's nursery 
school in Glastonbury, CT, She also 
developed a brochure for their old 
restaurant in its new location — 
"Frank's at City Place" in Hartford, 
Barbara Jane Moore is still a 
psychologist with Texas Christian 
University and is in private practice in 
Fort Worth Nancy Mortensen and 
Christopher Piper were married in Oc- 
tober. 86 Sharon Mangus and Linda 
Kemp were there Nancy is still work- 
ing for the committees on Small 
Business for the U.S. House, Gini 
Nolte Rude and Dean now have three 
sons, Chase, 8, Mark, 5, and John. 
1 Dean was recently promoted to the 
general office of the Montana Power 
Company as senior auditor, moving 
the family from Butte to Lewiston, 
MT, Gini is an "alumnae represen- 
tative " for Sweet Briar — she 
represents the College, visiting with 
prospective students The work brings 
back many good memories Jane Piper 
bought a house in Nov, '85 and is 
busy with it all the time: Sherrie 

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McLeRoy came to St Louis to advise 
her, Jane's '85 travel schedule in- 
cluded London, Switzerland, Munich 
and Vienna, In May '86 she went to 
her cousin's wedding in Stockholm, 
then on to England in July to meet 
Prince Charles at the American 
Museum in Britain Doug received a 
promotion in sales with the Linde Divi- 
sion of Union Carbide, so he and I, 
Ellie Plowden Boyd (your secretary) 
moved from our home of 12 weeks in 
Birmingham, AL to West Bloomfield, 
Ml. We hope to move into our second 
home this year around Halloween. Our 
baby boy, Clayton Robert Boyd, was 
born on Sept, 13, Detroit alums (I got 
a list from the Alumnae Office) like 
Kathy Telfer Johnson. Judy O'Keete 
Vindici 73 and Patsy Robinson 49 
helped us to settle m. find doctors, 
residential areas etc. I'm looking tor- 
ward to continuing my jewelry 
business as soon as we settle into our 
"colonial ", Melanie Porter Sons and 
Larry's first baby, Alexander Thomas, 
was born Nov, 13, '85. Melanie has 
retired from her advertising job with 
the Horchow Collection to raise and 
enjoy him; she's also remodeling a 
newly purchased house in Carrolton. 
TX Fuzzy Pownall Billings, in 
Bethesda. MD is expecting her fourth 
child in Nov. '86. Eric. 5. and the 
twins, Tommy and Scotty, 3, make 
her life ""much too peaceful "! Janie 
Reeb Chadwick and Betsy Bigar 
Hellmuth rendezvoused in LA recently 
to "do" Rodeo Drive and search for 
the stars in the Polo Lounge As they 
were leaving their hotel, Tom Selleck 
was checking in' They did have fun 
visiting Cottie Matheson Wallace and 
little Will Janie also skied in Aspen in 
March and hopes to visit England. 
Mary Ann Reese Rosenberg is 
redecorating their house, with the help 
of a decorator Rebecca is in the terri- 
ble twos. Bern has been named direc- 
tor of a new psychiatric hospital being 
built in Houston Jan Renne opened 
her own interior design firm in Costa 
Mesa. CA in March and is doing a lot 
of restaurant interiors. She is also a 
critic, appearing regularly on a radio 
show and writing for a local 
magazine. She hopes to get a 
master's degree next year if she has 
time. She's working out every day 
and vacationed at a spa in Tucson, 
AZ Checka Robbin Delle. in Hemp- 
stead. NY, is enjoying Paul, 5 and 
Jaclyn, 3. She's minding the shop 
(their deli) while Paul goes to law 
school. 

"Trying to be a working mother 
is... difficult, especially when chicken 
pox and measles hit. " reports Claire 
Sandifer Tuttle from Pans, France. 
Claire had several weeks vacation in 
southwest France and hopes to return 
to the States next summer with Jean- 
Philippe. 1 and Solange. 3 Colleen 
Shannon Robertson and Dwight are m 
the process of moving from 
Charleston. SC to Boca Raton. FL, 
where Dwight will be medical director 
of Healthwing, a new HMO Julie 



Shuer and husband Steve Davis were 
in Washington, DC in March and had 
lunch with Wendy White, Julie and 
Steve |ust bought and renovated a 
60-year-old Spanish style house in 
Beverly Hills, CA Winton Smoot Holla- 
day had her fourth child, a son, Ad- 
dison, in Oct. '85, She now has two 
girls. 7 and 5. and 2 boys, 3 and 8 
mos Her spare moments are devoted 
to the National Museum of Women in 
the Arts, founded by her mother-in- 
law, which IS due to open Spring '87, 
The museum, international in scope, 
spans four centuries of art by women 
artists Sherrie Snead McLeRoy 
became the director of the Sherman 
Historical Museum m Feb, '86 She's 
writing a how-to book for the Sherman 
Preservation League and has an article 
coming out in Texas Highways. Hus- 
band Bill is director of development 
for Austin College, his alma mater. In 
Kansas City. MO. Cindy Sorenson 
Sutherland is active in the Sanc- 
tuary" movement, giving shelter to 
refugees from repressive regimes in 
Central America She is also working 
with the Mid-America Anti-Nuclear 
Coalition. Mothers March for Peace 
and other organizations 

Anya Starosolska is no longer a 
Swiss Miss in the Alps but has 
returned to the Big Apple and lives 
next to none other than Richard 
Wolfram, a refugee from the SBC Jr 
Year in France of 72-73. Sandra Stella 
Horwege is completing her second 
year as president of the Sweet Briar- 
Amherst SBC Alumnae Club, and is 
working hard with Cub Scouts. 
Brownies and Daisy Scouts. She is 
still Art Slide Curator at Sweet Briar. 

Susan Stephens Geyer. in Dallas, 
faced a crisis this year involving her 
third child. Edward. 2, On May 20. 
Edward, who was to stay with the 
housekeeper while Susan drove 
Stewart, 4 and Julia, 3 1/2, to 
preschool, slipped through a gate left 
open by the other children and 
accidentally ran behind the car as 
Susan was backing out He sustained 
a broken pelvis as the wheel rolled 
over his legs and chest. He wore a 
body cast for 5 weeks and is now 
walking, running, jumping and swim- 
ming To see him. you would never 
know what he. and his family, faced 
The class extends sympathy and love 
to you and your family. Susan. 

Jesse Stewart is still manager of 
professional staffing for the Construc- 
tion Products Division of W R. Grace 
Co in Boston Send her your 
resumes In Atlanta, Susan Stubbs 
Brown is busy with her kids and her 
sister s bid for the state senate 
(DeKalb County seat), Susan and 
Michael had a week in Bermuda and 
visited Lee and Charles Warren in 
August Sandy Taylor Craighead is 
busy in Richmond with the SB Alum- 
nae Club and the Banking and Invest- 
ment group The rest of her time is 
spent working in the yard — ""great 
exercise Kathy Teller Johnson, in 
Ann Arbor, Ml, spends most of her 



time with "terribly two" Courtney 
Elizabeth and substitute teaches at the 
Montessori School She and Tom are 
perpetually busy with renovating of 
their home just in time to think about 
selling (Tom is in residential construc- 
tion) Kathy plans to visit Mac 
Cuthberl Langley '73 in Charleston, 
SC, and, as soon as things settle 
down with us, Kathy and I plan to 
meet for lunch Connie Terhune is 
"living a happy, uncomplicated life on 
Cape Cod " Liz Thomas Camp and 
Jack hosted a Labor Day "85 party for 
Mary Witt who liked Georgia so much 
she decided to stay. On Nov, 11, '85, 
Sophie Rose Camp was born Liz sent 
me a picture of her in her 1883 
christening gown and 1899 cap. The 
Camps made the Newnan Times- 
Herald when their house, the William 
Leonard Crowder home built by Jack's 
maternal grandfather, was listed on 
the National Register of Historic Places 
in March '86, Liz is still in charge of 
Congressman Newt Gingrich's HO in 
Georgia She enjoyed seeing Mary 
Bush Norwood. Rossie Ray Spell, and 
Lee Addison 73 at a meeting of the 
Atlanta SBC Bulb Club, 

Boy, It's great to hear from 3rd floor 
Reidities' Joyce Thompson Miller, 
Plainfield, NJ, promises to send a 
detailed acount of her life to all 
interested parties Meredith Thompson 
just returned to Houston from a trip 
abroad to collect ideas and objects 
d'art for her new interior design 
business, "Country French Accents," 
She produced two public service an- 
nouncements for local TV, one on 
"The Childrens Museum" and the 
other on "Latchkey Children" She is 
preparing for next year's Junior 
League Charity Ball by taking a course 
in musical theatre and is working for 
Governor Bill Clements Meredith, who 
never sleeps, also served as treasurer 
for the SBC Houston Alumnae Club 
Gary Thorp Brown, Tracy and Ben are 
in New Rochelle, NY, Gary finished 
design course work at Parsons and is 
contemplating motherhood again, 
Doyle Dane Bernbach, the advertising 
firm where Helen Travis works, 
merged with Needham, Harper and 
BBD & to become, for two weeks, 
the largest advertising agency. Then 
Saatchi & Saatchi added Ted Bates to 
its acquisitions and now Helen's firm 
IS #2 Gabriella Urbanowitz Wehl 
cruised the Caribbean with her husband 
for a week on the SS Norway after 
sustaining renovations of a home they 
bought in Huntsville. AL Cheryl Viar 
Upchurch, Sam and their three 
daughters moved into the house Sam 
grew up in. in Birmingham. AL Sam 
is now general counsel for Torchmark 
Corporation. When Cheryl takes a 
breather from motherhood, she does 
volunteer work and plays tennis. 
Cathy Weiss Thompson now has two 
girls. Leah. 1. and Suzanne, 2 1/2. 
They're enjoying their farm and the 
independence of having their own 
business. "Print Shack. " which is 
steadily building in Winchester. VA 

Sweet Briar College 



Cathy saw Pam Hughes in Front 
Royal, VA recently Lee Wilkinson 
Warren has reached the stage of 
motherhood where she's in the car 
more than out Cain Is in 4th grade 
and Paige kindergarten Lee is taking 
piano and organ lessons, teaching 
piano, managing her own cosmetics 
business from her home, and golfing. 
She and Charles went to Jamaica on a 
Va State Bar trip and she had a re- 
union with Ruthie Wlllingham Lentz 
and Robin Ryan in Philadelphia. Ruthie 
has switched from selling computers 
to stocks at J. C. Bradford David is 
fine and Ruthie really enjoyed the May 
Day weekend in Philly with Lee and 
Robin, while visiting her aunt, Ruth 
Preucel 49 Wendy White is still 
practicing law in Washington and is 
on the verge of moving into a palatial 
mansion In the city. IVIary Witt is now 
In private practice in pediatric en- 
docrinology and diabetology in the 
new diabetes unit at Scottish Rite 
Children's Hospital in Dunwoody. Ga 
She also |ust moved into a beautiful 
new condo in that area. 

Your devoted secretary. Ellie 
Plowden Boyd, has en|oyed compiling 
these notes. Wish us luck in raising a 
Yankee baby! 



1978 



President 

Becky Dane, Box 816. 4242 East-West 

Highway. Bethesda. Md 20815 

Secretaries 

Cannie Crysler Shaler (Mrs Edwin 

H.), 12 Shirley Road. Narberth, PA 

19072 

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich (Mrs Rick), 

2403 Parkdale Drive, KIngwood. TX 

77339 

Fund Agent 

Lu Litton Churchill (Mrs Lura L ), 

P-0 Box 458, Valdese, NC 

28690-0458 

I was amazed at our geographical 
distributions so have organized the 
'78ers by states 

Alabama Dru Springer Oswalt 
admits that while son Harris, almost 
3, and new daughter Haden, her 
choral group, and tennis are fun, lite 
Is hot and humid on the Gulf Coast. 
Nancy Robinson Linberg lives in 
Fosters, near Tuscaloosa and writes 
that her big news is her new son and 
finishing year #2 of medical school. 
She'll be doing year #3 now at U of 
Al at Birmingham 

Helen Bauer Bruckmann is kept 
busy in Mobile by 16-month-old Meg 
and Ronnie, but still plays tennis and 
tutors a few hours a week 

Arizona Carol Baugh is starting her 
masters in international management 
at Thunderbird She has |usl left 
Atlanta where she was a senior 
copywriter/account executive lor an 
advertising agency. 

California: Lee Carollo Plorsich 



writes that she Is still teaching high 
school chemistry m San Jose and this 
summer has "quite a change of 
pace" working as a materials 
engineer with Westinghouse's Marine 
Division Her son Is now 4 (Ed's 
note For news ol Lee s winning 
Sweet Briar's Gager Award In 
Chemistry, see the Notices section in 
this Issue ) Tricia Mason is In LA 
working tor the Italian Trade Commis- 
sion, She'll be off to Europe In the fall 
and will hook up with Nanette Cooper. 
Also In LA IS Susan Negaard Mendel 
who Is division purchasing manager 
for Baxter Travenol Laboratories. She 
also does a lot of traveling for her |ob 
and has a trip planned to Hong Kong 
this summer In San Diego. Elinor 
Humphrey Comer is still with San 
Diego Trust and Savings Bank in in- 
vestments. She writes that sister 
Ellen's two daughters "are growing 
like weeds" Yet another '78er In LA 
IS Mary Moore Garrison, She and her 
husband honeymooned in Europe and 
since then Mary has an ESL teaching 
|0b, with adults from at least 12 dif- 
ferent countries around the world. On 
the side, she is pursuing a writing 
career Her husband Is a writer and is 

both (her) inspiration and (her) 
devil's advocate " Hunter Davis writes 
from the Bay Area where she's |ust 
recorded her third record: this one 
with Redwood Records is called Har- 
mony: It is available nationally and 
she's touring nationally as well 

Jane Lauderdale Armstrong is still 
with Sprint, as an advertising 
manager in San Francisco, Liz 
Maynard Hoyt was married in March 
and then moved immediately to LA 
where she is working in the admis- 
sions office of the Fashion Institute of 
Design and Merchandising 

Colorado Two responses from 
Denver reported that Laura Farmer 
Gebhardt has a 4-year-old son who is 
already riding horses. She is with 
Richmond Homes/MDC Holdings and 
training her horse while her husband 
is writing songs and hoping for a 
recording contract Carol Cordell 
Mullins graduated from U of OK Law 
School May 10 and married Keith 
Mullins May 17 Keith is in banking 
while completing a masters of law in 
taxation at U. of Denver law school. 
Carol's new toy is cross-country sklls. 

Connecticut leka Osinga Scully and 
her husband Mark have a new house 
in Simbury She admits it needs 
cosmetic work. She is working full- 
time on her MBA at U. of Hartford, 
and reports the yoghurt business is 
still going strong under her brother's 
care! 

District of Columbia: Barbara 
Mendelssohn Price writes she is going 
on year #6 at Wang on the State 
Dept. account, Jana Koubeck Is look- 
ing forward to two years ol graduate 
studies at the U of NM for her Ph.D. 
in Anthropology. She plans to return 
to DC to her new house and pool 
Lots of '78ers mentioned Cede Garcia- 
Tunon Lear's wedding and Barbara 



Mendelssohn Price's delicious lunch 
for the gang from out ol town Leigh 
Ramsey is also reported as hiding out 
In the [Ration's Capital. 

Florida: Barbara Mitchell Polizos Is 
In Daytona Beach. Her daughter is 7 
and son 3 and she is doing work for 
her Greek Church and community 
affairs as well as her husband's 
restaurant supply business. In Miami, 
Leslie Anderson Battle is enioying 
9-month-old daughter Bailey, while 
Maggie Laurent, in Jacksonville, is 
enioying being the programmer tor the 
Florida Medical Association as well as 
being mother ot almost 3-year old 
Meg Anne Baldwin Mann and her 
husband and daughter also live In 
Jacksonville, Dana Dotten )ust finished 
three years of flying Navy EC-130's 
on Communications missions in the 
Atlantic. She will be a Naval Science 
Instructor. leaching sea and air 
navigation and pursuing a masters in 
Jacksonville In Orlando/Winter Park 
Catherine Taylor Moore is employed by 
Sun Bank as a Loan review officer 
and plans to start her MBA work at 
night. Catherine saw Liz Day 
Dalrymple and husband Chris recently 
at Sea Island Virginia Craig works for 
Brown Brothers Harriman in Naples. 

Georgla Anne Jarrell Berry has a 
new son and a daughter, 2 1/2, in 
Newnan where she and her husband 
are building a new house. Peggy 
Stryker Home reports about son 3 
1/2 and daughter 9 mos and her 
work part-time as a manager for a 
women's boutique in Atlanta. Also in 
Atlanta is Ann Yauger who claims 4 
1/2 years with AT & T's authorized 
computer dealers She travels and 
trains a lot and manages to see lots of 
SBC'ers on the way. such as. Libby 
Freeman Goetz. Jane Lauderdale Arm- 
strong and Claire Cartwright Vaughn. 
II IS reported that Janet Smalley Todd 
and her husband live in Atlanta too 

Illinois. Karen Kuhlman is still 
working as a compliance examiner for 
the National Assoc, of Securities 
Dealers. She's riding and competing 
in horse shows and reports a depres- 
sing increase In her shoe size" Anne 
Riordan recently moved to Chicago to 
work at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court 
She sees Eve Baskowitz a lot. 

Louisiana: MimI Borst Quillman 
writes from the New Orleans area; she 
and her husband will be back East In 
January with son Travis, now in his 
"terrible twos" She saw Meg 
Richards Wiederseim and Mary Good- 
win Gamper on a recent trip to 
Philadelphia. 

Massachusetts: Leigh McDonald 
Forrester is scheduled tor #1 child in 
August, having |ust moved to Con- 
cord, after husband John's graduation 
from Harvard Business School She'll 
be on 'leave' from her account 
executive position at Garber Travel in 
Boston for a while 

Maine. Mary Nash Massey and her 
husband have been living in the mid- 
coast town of Camden for the past 6 
years and have recently been joined 



by daughter Leigh Whitney 

Maryland: In Baltimore (but 
California-bound) is Deb Davison 
Weidner. expecting #2 in August. She 
says she's pool floating and waddling 
around the tennis court as well as 
chasing her son Bo (2) 

Missouri: Reports from St Louis 
Include Cathy Mellow Goltermann who 
flies with the friendly skies of TWA 
coast to coast and to Europe She and 
her husband have a new house and 
are in search ol a chocolate lab pup- 
py Dudie Hiemenz DiLeo has a two- 
year-old son, with #2 due m 
September She sees Anne Key Lucas 
who is vice president, inventory con- 
trol, for Knight's Ltd. Anne sent one 
of her terrrific catalogues ..we should 
all be on the list Becky Mulvihill 
McKenna's oldest daughter is 2 1/2 
and younger daughter Is 6 months. 
She and her husband bought a big, 
old house last year which requires as 
much care as their girls and they are 
planning to finish their Ph,Ds in Mar- 
riage and Family Therapy at St Louis 
U , taking their comps together in Oc- 
tober Somehow Becky finds time to 
be in a part-time private therapy 
practice. 

North Carolina: Newlywed Lu Litton 
Churchill writes from Valdese She is 
employed as the director ol marketing 
for children's products at Alba 
Waldensan, Inc. and now has three 
stepchildren. Lots of '78ers gathered 
for Lu's wedding including Jean Beard 
Bardon, Annie Stelle Sadler. Elizabeth 
Perkinson, Julia Sutherland, Sue 
Griste. Cede Garcia-Tunon Lear, Ann 
Maricle Stefano, Janet Smalley Todd 
and Becky Dane! Hope a picture was 
taken ol that gang' Karen Lemon 
Hassett writes from Southern Pines 
that she and her husband and 
daughter are doing well, as is their 
restaurant and 11 franchises She is 
expecting #2 m February She reports 
that sister Carol lives 1/2 mile away 
and IS enjoying her three children. 
From Pinehurst Liz Day Dalrymple 
writes, as our most recent bride, and 
mentions that Maria Rlxey Gamper, 
Eve Jackson London, Robin Jones 
Eddy and Marl Monahan were at the 
wedding Elizabeth Perkinson is still in 
Winston-Salem working as the 
business manager of Piedmont Crafts- 
man, a non-profit craft guild She 
says the job encompasses everything 
from keeping the books to selling in 
the shop and gallery. She's also 
working at a Battered Women's 
Shelter and with the Children's 
Theater Kathy Jackson Howe has 
returned to Charlotte since husband 
Root has finished his general surgery. 
He Is now into cardio-vascular work 
and "Jackson" keeps up with her 
two active children. Audrey Townsend 
IS managing a backpacking and wind- 
surfing shop in Chapel Hill and lives 
in the country In a log cabin on 10 
acres 

New Jersey: Mary Page Stewart 
and Bob write from Chatham to 
announce the birth of Eleanor Griffith 



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Stewart — SBC Class of 08 ('!). She 
mentioned seeing Allison Egbert also 

New York Barbara Behrens Peck 
and husband have recently moved 
from Seattle to Tuckahoe. where Bar- 
bara is freelancing, working on the 
Fall Fashion supplement to the NY 
Times Magazine, as well as a new 
Martha Smith book on weddings. In 
"The City" is Marl Monahan who has 
a new |ob which she loves in the 
Drexel. Burnham. Lambert Taxable 
Fixed Income Sales and Trading Pro- 
gram! She IS also training lor the NYC 
Marathon on 11/2/86, So we can all 
look for her on TV as well as Monica 
Shaffer who is also planning to run 
the NYC Marathon. She is senior vice 
president of Biederman and Company 
Advertising Agency and reports seeing 
Marltia Glover Perry m NYC Diane 
Wiese wrote from Long Island on her 

summer off". She is recently re- 
turned from a Hollywood premiere in 
which her brother starred. Diane 
brags she is now an aunt thanks to 
sister Kim Wiese Smith 77 LIsanne 
Purvis wrote that she is an associate 
attorney with Pollner. Mezan, 
Stalzberg and Fuchtman in NYC, but 
IS also an assistant producer for a 
documentary on the Wilma Theater in 
Philadelphia and manages to sing at 
some nightclubs and cabarets 
occasionally. 

Ohio: Kattierine Powell Heller mar- 
ried a year ago, and Lenore Cox was 
the maid of honor. Her husband is 
now a 4th year resident in Ortho- 
paedic surgery at University Hospitals 
of Cleveland Meanwhile Katherine is 
managing the medical illustration divi- 
sion of CWRU School of Medicine. 
From Columbus Cindy McKay con- 
fesses three |0b changes in one year, 
but all within Community Life In- 
surance Co Currently she is the 
director of Flexible Benefits. She did 
meet her husband-to-be. a free-lance 
photographer, at work, as he was do- 
ing photos for her annual report. Also 
Muffy Hamilton Parsons is reported as 
being alive, well and married in Col- 
umbus. In Cleveland, Julie Pfautz 
Bodenslab is enjoying her sons who 
are aged 3 1/2 and 6 mos 

Pennsylvania Betsy Hurley is a 
communications director tor United 
Way and yet can give time to sailing 
lessons and the Jr. League Word has 
It that Karen Bowers Lazar is still hap- 
pily running her car dealership in 
Chester, PA. As for your correspon- 
dent here I am still teaching 5th grade 
and coaching Varsity Field Hockey and 
Lacrosse. This year I took on Admis- 
sions for the Middle School. "The 
trip" for this year found Win and me 
escorting my 18 Varsity Lacrosse 
players around Bermuda for 10 days 
We still do our crazy student ski 
weekends in Vermont as well as the 
family's summer camp I finished my 
masters finally and am now trying 
motherhood — due in early October 
folks! (Ed's Note: Cannie's baby girl. 
Francie was born Sept 26) 

Rhode Island. Robin Jones Eddy 

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wrote a while ago ol her annual 
southern swing down the coast She 
noted seeing Mary Goodwin who has 
married Billy Camper, making Mary 
and Maria Rixey Gamper sisters-in- 
law! 

South Carolina Suzanne Collins 
reports from Greenville that business 
is "incredible", complete with a NYC 
showroom and new Dallas and Florida 
representatives' Mable Jotin Stair's 
wedding announcement stated that 
she owns a hunt riding school on 
John's Island. 

Tennessee Anne Taylor Quarles 
Beveridge is starting work in the Fall 
on a M Ed. at Peabody College while 
she does some graphics work and 
writing on the side. Both of her 
daughters are doing well 

Texas: Suzanne Stryker Ullricli is 
lost somewhere crossing the country 
in her move from Nevada to Houston 
(Ed's Note: The Ullriches reached 
Texas safely l Micfielle Tarride Frazier 
IS also in Houston where she teaches 
voice Anne Simonds Lowe, in Dallas, 
IS the subscription manager lor The 
Beckett Monthly — a baseball card 
magazine She also teaches |r. high 
girls in Sunday School, while her hus- 
band is the finance committee chair- 
man at their church. He is working on 
his MBA Lucy Darby Cole, also in 
Dallas, IS currently interviewing lor a 
consumer product marketing |ob. She 
says there is a great SBC alum group 
in town that makes up for the 
weather Claire Cartwright Vauglin and 
husband George are trying to finish up 
a ranch camp house as they await the 
arrival of #1 child around Christmas 
Melanle Bowen Steglicti has |ust 
moved to Temple where her husband 
Lee, a recent Baylor College of Den- 
tistry graduate, is a resident They 
had a great trip to Ixtapa, Mexico 
after Lee's state boards' Hallie Powell 
Horton and husband Wllmot have also 
been to Mexico recently for a deep 
sea fishing trip, only Wilmot caught 
fish Mavis Ray Griffith is "sizzling 
through a Texas summer" in Austin, 
awaiting baby #2 Lisa Wray Longino 
has had great visits to their lake 
house in Georgia, and a trip to the 
California wine country She and Ellen 
Sellers McDowell '77 will be the 
Dallas SBC Club co-Presidents next 
year! 

Virginia Our largest group (known') 
hails from Virginia. Edie Baird writes 
from Great Falls that she is working in 
loan operations at a bank. She is also 
volunteering at the N.VA Chapter of 
the Archeological Society of VA, and 
was planning to attend field school 
this summer In Richmond, Cathy 
Finley Onder is working part-time as a 
paralegal for McGuire, Woods and Bat- 
tle, as well as being a mother to 
1 -year-old son Sean Julia Sutherland 
IS coordinator of public information 
and a board member training for 
Virginia's Dept. of Health Regulatory 
Board She is a member ot the Va 
State Library Board and works on the 
Richmond Alumnae Resources Pro- 



gram never a dull moment In Vien- 
na. Michelle Youree Hostler took some 
time off this summer from her stock 
brokerage |ob to work with her horses 
and help coordinate activities with The 
Fairfax Hunt. She's also discovered a 
new interest in gardening Ann Mari- 
cle Stefano writes of her new town 
house in Old Town Alexandria, that 
she and her husband are fixing up. 
She IS still a sales representative for 
Sharp Electronics She is also plann- 
ing on attending Susie Heitmiller s 
wedding in the fall Janet Rakoczy 
Hudson IS also living in a townhouse 
in Alexandria, She is the vice presi- 
dent and secretary for Growth Stock 
Outlook Trust, Inc , a closed-end in- 
vestment company. This |ob took her 
to Hawaii and Switzerland recently, 
and her husband was able to get 
leave from the Army to go on the trips 
too. She mentioned seeing Paula 
Brown often Juliana Frosch Smart 
has moved to Amherst, where she 
does proiects with the Amherst County 
School System and en|oys her two 
daughters, who are 8 and 5, Debbie 
Snead Shrader works at SBC while 
her husband is practicing law and do- 
ing well in the area She says their 
plan is "early retirement" Betsy 
Wood writes from Charlottesville that 
she IS still loving teaching hearing- 
impaired preschoolers and is still try- 
ing to become proficient in sign 
language She did see Susan Negaard 
Mendel this spring on a trip to LA 
From Williamsburg, Cindy Whitley 
informs us that she and her dog are 
off to William and Mary this fall to get 
an MBA Marybeth Liplnski McAdoo is 
a billing supervisor at Hogan and 
Hartson in DC and has a condo in 
Arlington, However, she enjoys getting 
away to her "leased house" in Vien- 
na, VA She rides with Liz Williams 
and sees Sue King at horse shows 

Washington Katie Renaud Baldwin 
is still in Seattle teaching preschool, 
tutoring and taking classes, as well as 
producing Amanda Renaud Baldwin 
this June 

West Virginia: Carey Johnson Flem- 
ing reports living in Parkersburg and 
working as a trust officer at United 
National Bank. Her son is 20 months 
old and is wearing a size 4T already 
She mentioned getting a fun visit from 
Paula Brown and Marybeth Liplnski. 

Internationals: Donna Mlhalik 
Gelagotis wrote that she and her 
husband. Alex, live in Athens, Greece 
where she teaches English Alex runs 
a landscaping business and they leave 
their apartment, which has a great 
view of the mountains and the sea, 
only to travel around and enjoy the 
islands Nanette Cooper is living in 
Paris, France Gerlind Elizabeth 
Younts lives in Moscow, USSR work- 
ing as Assistant Bureau Chief for the 
Cable News network Carolyn Ennis 
Taher lives in Egypt and has a new 
daughter named Sara 



1982 



President 

Sarah Davis Daniels (Mrs Mark E ). 
21 Romopock Court. Mahwah, NJ 
07430 
Secretary 

Carrie C, Montague, Box 684, The 
American Graduate School of Interna- 
tional Management. Thunderbird Cam- 
pus. Glendale. AZ 85306 
Fund Agent 

Jennifer Hebb LaRose (Mrs Keith 
Glenn), 35 Uplands Drive, West Hart- 
ford, CT 06107 

By December, I will have finished 
my international MBA. at The 
American Graduate School ol Interna- 
tional Management (Thunderbird) in 
Arizona. There are three other 
SBCer's on campus, including 
classmate Consuelo Michelle Martinez. 
who graduated in August, and Kirsten 
Void (84) Consuelo and I live in the 
same complex and have only now 
found the time to get together because 
of the work and the pace of school 
The last two weeks of August. I will 
be going to Melbourne, Australia to do 
some interviews for jobs and then I 
will move there in February. In addi- 
tion, I will be interviewing here lor 
jobs in the food/consumer products 
area when I return next summer. Un- 
fortunately, I will be overseas for our 
fifth Reunion and I am sorry to have 
to relinquish my post as Secretary It 
has been a wonderful way to keep in 
touch with everyone. 

Catherine Adams works at the Her- 
shey Medical Center as a research 
technician She has a brand new 
three-year old throughbred that she 
has been training and showing This 
summer, she visited the West Coast, 
including EXPO in Vancouver, B.C 

Dansie Allen is in Boulder. Col and 
IS now a lull-time student at the Col- 
orado Institute of Art in Denver. She 
is studying Interior Design. 

Debra Autry Bock and husband 
David are the parents of an 8-month- 
old son, Adam, They are living near 
Dallas, TX where David is a police of- 
ficer for one of the suburbs and Deb- 
bie is a full-time mother Their ad- 
dress IS 3500 Riverview Dr , Corinth, 
TX 76205 

Angela Averett Rock is still handling 
Personnel for Browder, Russell in 
Richmond, VA and loving it She says 
the married life agrees with her and 
sees other SBC friends in Richmond, 
Bobbie Serano Black (83), Patee White 
(83). Helen Masters Durham (81) and 
Alice Dixon 

Holly Bates is currently living in 
Atlanta, GA and is vice president of 
Bates Associates, a public rela- 
tions/public affairs agency. 

Betsy Bell Liles Is working as a 
group travel agent and living in Mt. 
Pleasant, NC. She. Salley Davis 
Daniels and Kathy Reynolds Barsness 
were at the wedding of Jennifer Hebb 
in June. 

Sweet Briar College 



Mary Ames Booker is finishing at 
the University of Delaware with a 
Masters in History She spent the 
summer working tor the state 
historical agency in Dover. 

Brianna Boswell Brown and her 
husband have |ust bought a house in 
Dallas She en|oyed the Third Annual 
Alumnae Sports Weekend in May and 
said the Class of 1982 had the best 
turnout' 

Cynthia Bottoms McLaughlin and 
husband Dan have moved to 431 Han- 
cock Place. Morganville. NJ 07751 
Cynthia Is a consumer analyst for the 
Federal Home Loan Bank of New 
York. 

Wendy Brunell-Plenge and husband 
Steve are expecting their first baby 
this November. Wendy is very active 
in the Alumni Club, and was the 
Southern Californian SBC Bulb Chair- 
man She has resigned from her |ob 
as Assistant to the Editor of California 
Magazine to remodel their home and 
do some traveling before the new 
baby arrives Wendy keeps in touch 
with Gay Kenny who Is living in Brent- 
wood and is the secretary lor the 
Alumni Club Gay is assistant sales 
rep for News America Publishing, and 
works on a screenplay m her free 
time Robert Is still in the picture. Gay 
IS enioying the company of Beth 
Halsted and Ouinne Pokes — though 
Quinne is moving to SF. 

Ethel Burwell is living in Fairfax at 
a new address 3052 Southern Elms 
Court. Fairfax, VA 22031 Ethel is 
working full-time for Young Lite in 
high school ministry. She spent 
August working in upstate New York 

Margaret Camblos Carey is a 
marketing account executive with the 
Health America Corp. She and her 
husband now live at 3110 Bransford 
Rd. Augusta. GA 30909. 

Virginia Carabelli and Roberta Perillo 
are working hard with their company. 
Monticello Mountain Wine Imports. Ltd 
and will be moving operations to 
Boston, MA in July 

Dorlnda Davis is heading south after 
four years in NYC. She said she may 
be interested in graduate school, and 
IS spending a few months just relax- 
ing and seeing family. 

Nancy Deiss has moved to Chicago 
from Pans, France She is now an ex- 
port manager Her new address is: 
1870 N Halsted Street. Chicago. IL 
60614 

Alice Dixon is living In Richmond. 
VA and working for Wallace 
Laboratories, a pharmaceutical 
company. 

Marie Engle is still in Washington. 
D C working at the Chronicle of 
Higher Education. She Is engaged to 
Fred Earnhart Mane and Lisa Blake 
were at Lisa Zuke's wedding this 
summer in Virginia 

I |ust caught MimI Evans as she 
was about to depart lor the University 
ol Edinburgh in Scotland where she 
will be studying at the Faculty of 
Divinity at New College. MImi says 
she got her Inspiration to go to the 

Alumnae Magazine 



Highlands from Miss Garner, Mr 
Armstrong and the late Fiev Bloy 

Ruth Fowler Bauerle and husband 
Jack are still loving Athens, GA and 
the married life. She is working In 
real estate and her husband continues 
to coach swimming. No babies yet, 
but a darling cat, Betty Their address 
in Athens is 420 Waddell Street, 
Number 10, Georgia 30606, 

Elizabeth Lee Gantt and Guy Castles 
were married in Columbia. SC, in 
June Elizabeth is teaching at Ashley 
Hall School in Charleston and Guy is 
studying at the Medical University of 
SC. 

Holly Stewart Green married David 
Marcus Dunlap May 31, 1986 She 
and David are both practicing law in 
Birmingham, Al. 

Danielle Herubin recently returned 
from a trip abroad with Cynthia 
McMechan that lasted nearly a year 
Danielle is currently spending most of 
her time writing, but assures Cynthia 
that Its not about the trip. 

Rachael Giles and Joel are currently 
living in Coca Beach, FL where Joel is 
a mechanical engineer with the Boeing 
Corporation, and Rachel is a copy 
editor and columnist with Florida 
Today Her address is 5050 Ocean 
Beach Blvd , #104, Coca Beach, FL 
32931. 

Anne Goebel has moved to 
Washington. D.C. Her new address is: 
1801 Clydesdale Place. NW. Apt 519. 
20009 

Janet Goss graduated from the 
Washington College ol Law at The 
American University In Washington. 
D C. this May and plans to practice 
there 

Polk Green says Dallas is still great 
She has been with Bell Helicopter as a 
market researcher since graduation 
She IS in the process of buying a 
house and still finds time to sing 

Courtney Hanahan has a new 
address: 508 Gables Drive. Birm- 
ingham, Al 35244 

Rosemary Hardy's Masters degree 
in behavior disorders is nearly com- 
pleted. She is still teaching at the 
Pembroke Hill School m Kansas City. 

Rhoda Harris is an associate with 
Paine Webber Development Corpo- 
ration, specializing in R & D financ- 
ing. She also serves on the board of 
Directors of Balletworks, a local con- 
temporary ballet company. In her 
spare time, she is also treasurer of 
the Sweet Briar Club of New York 

Lisa Ward Henderson in living In 
Greensboro, NC working as a Designer 
Specialist for Iveys She married 
Michael Thomas Bice in Birmingham, 
AL in September. Berrie Pitts McVay, 
Laura Whitehurst Lascara and Marie 
Engle were bridesmaids 

Kelly Judson Jenkins has moved 
from Wilmington. DE to Cincinnati. 
OH. Husband Paul is with Dow 
Pharmaceuticals. 

Monika Kaiser is living in her 
hometown in Germany pursuing a 
career m advertising. In August, 
1985, she received her MBA in Inter- 



national Business at Schilles Universi- 
ty in Paris. While she was studying 
there, she lived with Claude Becker, 
Sylvie Gueyne and Lorie Teeter. She 
writes that Sylvie is working as an 
interperter and translater lor a large 
company in Pans, while Claude is 
working lor CBS in Pans Lorie is 
working for the Wall Street Journal 
also in Pans and just had her first 
article published 

Betsy Keiser Smith and her hus- 
band have moved from Washington, 
DC to West Palm Beach, FL. Betsy 
IS working as a customer service 
representative for Presidential Airways 
and her husband is practicing 
endodontics dentistry 

Sheron Kerr Jordan, husband Shep 
and sons Drew and Gait are moving 
from California to Virginia Beach. Their 
younger son Gait underwent heart 
surgery when he was born, but Is do- 
ing well and Sharon says she is keep- 
ing very busy with the boys and being 
a Marine Corps wife. 

Viki Lasala graduated from 
Michigan State University in May with 
an M D She and her husband, also a 
graduate from Michigan State, will 
begin their post-graduate training at 
the School of Medicine at the Univer- 
sity of Anzona in Tucson 

The last news I had of Mary 
Lavigne was that she was "out in 
Africa", but has since returned to 
Shreveport. LA She has her own 
horse farm with a partner who breaks 
and trains horses for sales and rac- 
ing. She says Lee Vandegnff and 
Alice Cohen, both SBC grads, are sell- 
ing horses for them, so the SBC con- 
nection does work. 

Leigh Leibel Brown and her hus- 
band Walker returned from their two- 
year post for the bank in Hong Kong 
They are now in London, England 

Meg Mahon has moved to P 
Box 2056, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 

Fraances Mantho has |ust moved to 
Washington state from San Antonio, 
TX She received her certification in 
Special Education Karen McLain has 
moved to Number 1. Spicewood Rd. 
Norwalk.CT 06854 

Rachael Millrood is still living in 
Philadelphia, PA and will be getting 
married January 10, 1987 Rachael 
has loined the firm of Tucker, Anthony 
and R.L. Day, Inc. in the municipal 
bond department in sales 

Lollie Noble is a real estate ap- 
praiser for Glen Noble & Associates. 
Her new address is: 517 Thelma 
Drive. San Antonio. TX 79212 

Gina Parish South and husband 
Robert have moved to Atlanta, GA 
Gina IS working in the banking depart- 
ment of ADR and they are busy fixing 
up their new house. Their new ad- 
dress is: 4938 Falconwood Trace. 
Marietta, GA 30066. 

Harriet Pascoe is still at the 
Southtrust Corporation in Birmingham. 
AL 

Heather Pirnie Albert returned from 
a two-month trip in May to the Philip- 
pines and Thailand. Daughter Rebecca 



is almost two 
Robin Piatt Wetherbee and Jim are 

still in Houston. TX where Jim works 
for NASA On March 28th. 1986 they 
became the parents of Kelly Devore. 
an 8 lb baby girl 

Debbie Price has a new |ob as a 
financial analyst at SEI Corporation in 
New York City This past May. she 
vacationed in Palm Springs 

Anne Pridgeon is working for Ford 
Motor Company in Bloomfield Hills, Ml 
as a consultant-analyst 

Lucile Redmond Flournoy and hus- 
band Tom are starting a new house in 
Columbus, GA. Lucille is still working 
as an office manager in a veterinary 
clinic. 

Leigh Register has moved to 103 
King Henry Court. Alexandria, Va 
22314 

Kathy Reynolds Barsness and hus- 
band George are living in Washington, 
DC where Kathy Is a paralegal at the 
law firm of Beveridge & Diamond 
Their new address is 1501 25th 
Street. NW. Washington. D C. 20007. 

Melinda Rodgers Couzins has 
moved to 1107-3A North Pitt St, Alex- 
andria, VA 23314 Melinda is working 
for Sen. Robert Dole in Washington. 
DC. 

Debbie Rundlett is currently study- 
ing at the Yale Divinity School and 
loves the civilized world ol New Haven 
as compared to NYC She is focusing 
on religion in the arts and she hopes 
to be setting up community arts pro- 
jects in the next year or so 

Carol Searles moved from NYC to 
Alexandria, VA this August She is 
now working as a loan officer at A.E 
Landvoigt Mortage Company. She 
married Jason Bohrer in August 
Valerie Youree, Rachael Millrood. Lisa 
Laubach and Debbie Rundlett were all 
in the wedding 

Sally Shapard Peek and husband 
Mark are now living at 107 Ardmore 
Place, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Sally 
is working at the First Atlanta Bank. 

Beth Sheets Reed and her husband 
Brian are remodeling their 19th cen- 
tury home in Maine She and Brian 
traveled to Virginia for the wedding of 
Ann-Morton Young. Best news they 
are expecting their first baby this 
August. 

Nancy Smith is now teaching 
Mathematics at the John Rolle Middle 
School in Richmond. VA Her business 
painting pocketbooks. tote bags and 
Christmas ornaments for stores in NC 
and VA is doing well. 

Pattie Snodgrass is still a copyeditor 
for The Loudoun Times-Mirror in 
Virginia, and still finds the work 
challenging, rewarding and endless!. 

Cynthia Stanford is a student at The 
American University in Washington. 
D.C. 

Leslie Taylor Kavanaugh and her 
family have moved to: 1611 Rolling 
Glen Drive, Boothwyn, PA 19061 

Peggy Thistlethwaite graduated from 
medical school in May and has begun 
her residency training in general 
surgery at George Washington Univer- 

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sity Hospital In Washington. DC, Stie 
has moved to 730 24th Street. NW. 
Apt 614, Washington, D.C. 20037. 

Martha Tisdale Cordell and husband 
David were married on August 31 . 
1985, After their honeymoon in 
England and Scotland, they settled in 
Tulsa. OK vi/here they both are prac- 
ticing law Martha works for Charles 
Shipley & Associates doing commercial 
litigation. They have |ust bought a 
house and have a brand new cat. 
Their address is: 2524 East 25th 
Street, Tulsa, OK 74114. 

Betsy Townsend married David 
Porter Smith of Charleston. S.C, on 
April 26,1985, Betsy, please send us 
your new address' 

After two years as an Assistant 
Director of Admissions at The 
American University. Grade Tredwell 
Southall IS starting her masters in 
medieval history at the University of 
Maryland and will be a teaching assis- 
tant there Gracie heard from Anne 
Edmunds Hansen who spent two 



months in Asia with her husband Dave 
and who may be returning to Nash- 
ville. TN Nancy Trimble bought a 
condo this year in Virginia. Her new 
address is 1011 Arlington. Blvd, 
#1004. Arlington 22209 She is still 
working for Xerox and is actively 
working with the SBC Career Counsel- 
ing Service to help Xerox hire more 
grads Carry Cathcart (83) visited at 
Easter Nancy will be "roughing" it 
going to Bermuda on the QE2 in 
September 

Monty Tripp Wollensberger and 
husband Don are working on their 
house and she hopes it will be ready 
in time lor her to go on the campaign 
trail with her boss Rep McCandless 
in September Monty and Caren 
Cravath (84) went to Atlanta earlier 
this year and visited with Juliet 
Jacobsen (84). 

Pamela Walsh spent the last 2 1/2 
years in the Central African Republic 
as an inland fisheries extension agent 
with the Peace Corps, She is currently 



attending Pace University in New York 
pursuing a masters degree in nursing 
Her address is now 450 Mauville Rd, 
Pleasantville, NY 10570 

Since graduating from Law school 
last year. Naomi Weyand has moved 
to Waco. Texas to begin practice lor a 
litigation firm. She will be married to 
Scott Smith, an attorney lor the Army, 
in October. Their new address is 501 
N. Twin Oakes Blvd. Apt 927. Tem- 
ple. TX 76501, 

Laura Whitehurst Lascara has 
moved to 1424 Fannet Run, Virginia 
Beach, VA 23451, 

Susan Wright, husband Jim and 
daughter Jennifer have moved into 
their first home in San Diego Susan 
IS starting classes at San Diego State 
University, Their new address is; 
3676 N 47th Street. San Diego. CA 
92105 

Ann Morton Young filled me in on 
lots of friends. In February she mar- 
ried Charles Carroll Habliston IV in 
Alexandria. Va Kelly Judson Jenkins 



and Debbie Rundlett were 
bridesmaids Ann-Morton and Charlie 
have moved to 2410 Culpepper Road. 
Alexandria. Va 22308 Charlie is a 
graduate of Washington & Lee (79) 
and is an actuary at The Wyatt Com- 
pany Ann-Morton is working at the 
National Rural Electric Cooperative 
Association in Washington. D.C 

Valerie Youree is living in Alexan- 
dria with Suzanne Turner (83) Valerie 
works at the Design Center in 
Washington. DC. 

Middleburg was the site of the May 
wedding of Lisa Zuke and Robert 
Kline from Frederick. MD Leslie 
Bergman was bridesmaid and many 
friends from SBC attended Both she 
and Robert met while working at Saab 
Aircraft of America, but Lisa is leaving 
to get into the horse business She 
and Robert will live at Way-A-Way 
farm in Areola. VA after their honey- 
moon in Jamaica, Their address is 
Way-A-Way Farm, Route 1, Box 6. Ar- 
eola. VA 22010, 




New 

Sweet Briar 
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Ann Morrison Reams '42, director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, giving a report at a meeting of alumnae held on 
September 7 at the home of Helen Cornwell Jones '40, presi- 
dent and bulb chairman of the Princeton Club, seated at left. 
Also reporting from Sweet Briar was Martha Ann Fuller, assis- 
tant director of Development, seated in the center. 



Alumnae Alert! 

1) If you are employed, please 
send information about your oc- 
cupation/job title to the Alumnae 
House. 

2) Please send card to update 
this information whenever you 
change occupation/job title so 
that our computer file will be 
current. 

Thank you! 




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Sweet Briar College 



Tax Reform 
1986 

What does if mean for each 
of us and what does it mean for 
Sweet Briar? 

There is no doubt that the 1986 
Tax Reform Act will affect every 
aspect of our financial lives. There 
are also serious implications for 
charitable institutions. As a service 
of Sweet Briar's Planned Giving 
Committee, this issue of "In The 
Sweet Briar Tradition" highlights 
aspects of the new Tax Reform Act 
of special concern to colleges and 
other nonprofit institutions and of- 
fers an opportunity for you to 
receive further information. 

Changes that will become effective 
in 1987 include: 

— lowering of the tax rates. 

— elimination of the charitable 
gift deduction for those who do 
not itemize. 

— the possibility of taxation of ap- 
preciated gifts to charities for a 
small number of donors. 

Before December 31, you may 
wish to consider making a new gift, 
life income gift, or accelerating 
payments on an outstanding pledge. 
The advantages are as follows: 

1. Because current tax rates are 
hifflicr. the after-tax cost to you 
for your gift will be htwcr in 
1986. 

2. A full cliarifablc deduction in 
1986 is still available to those 
who do not itemize their income 
tax returns. 

3. Appreciation on gifts to charity 
will not be subject to taxation 
at an\ level through December 
31, 1986. 

Many of the changes in the Tax 
Reform Act, particularly those which 
relate to IRAs, make life income 



gifts to charity one of the few 
shelters still available to donors. A 
gift of highly appreciated stock in- 
vested in one of the many forms of 
life income gifts provides one way to 
make a donation to charity and at 
the same time provides for retire- 
ment income. In addition, this type 
of contribution can be 
designed to fit your par- 
ticular financial circum- 
stances. 

As a service of the 
Planned Giving 
Committee, a booklet 
highlighting major pro- 
visions of the Tax 
Reform Act is available. 
To receive a copy or 
personalized informa- 
tion about a life income 
gift to fit your needs 
and circumstances, 
please contact F. Mark 
Whittaker, Vice 
President for College 
Relations, Sweet Briar 
College, Box G, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia 24595 
Telephone (804) 381-6161. 



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May 22-24, 1987 






Special Reunions 




1912 75th 
1917 70th 
1922 65th 
1927 60th 
1932 55th 


1937 50th 1962 25th 
1942 45th 1967 20th 
1947 40th 1972 15th 
1952 35th 1977 10th 
1957 30th 1982 5th 




Friday, May 22 

1:00 p.mr8:00 p.m. 


Registration at Wailes Center 

(after 8 p.m. register at Information Center) 
Lunch available in Bistro at your own expense 




3:30 


OPENING LECTURE: Alumnae College 




5:00-6:00 p.m. 


Sweet Briar Today: Administrative Panel 




6:30 p.m. 


Class Picnics 




Saturday. May 2 

7:15 a.m. 


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Bird Walk 




8:00-9:00 a.m. 


Breakfast 




9:00 a.m:8:00 p.m. 


Children's Program 




9:00 a.m:10:15 a.m. 


Class Meetings 




10:30-12:00 noon 


Alumnae Convocation 




12:00-12:30 


Procession to Dining Hall — led by Bagpiper 


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12:30 p.m. 


Luncheon honoring Reunion Classes 




2:00-5:30 


OPTIONS: 

Fun and Games 

Tours of campus and VCCA 

Exhibits 

Museums/Academic Buildings open 


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6:00 


Cocktail Party with faculty and staff 




7:00 


Dinner 




8:30 


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7:30-9:30 a.m. 


Breakfast 


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Worship Service (25th Class will assist) 


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Luncheon in Sweet Briar Gardens 





Trips sponsored by the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association in 1987 
Programs and dates are subject to change. 

Holiday in Quebec — March 3-8, 1987 

Grand Tour of France — May 30 - June 11, 1987 

Bicycle Tour of Holland — July 11-24, 1987 

Australia (including Tasmania) and New Zealand — November 2-21, 1987 






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VOLUME 57, NUMBER 3 



SPRING 1987 



2 Enriching a Legacy: The Sweet Briar 
Art Collection 

by Carma C. Fauntleroy 

6 Collecting American Painting, A Personal View 

by Bonnie Loyd Crane '50 

11 Belle da Costa Greene, Femina Doctissima 
Virginiensis 

by Elizabeth B. Wilson 70 

16 Return to Russia, Part II 

by Lucy Kreusler Carey '50 

21 You Can Do It! 

by Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 

24 Annual Report of the Vice President for 
Business Affairs and Treasurer 

by Thomas N. Connors 

26 Working Mothers and Their Children 

by Catherine HC. Seaman 

29 Woody Bequest to Sweet Briar 

by Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 

31 Notices 

32 Class Notes 

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Alumnae Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, July 1, 1986-June 30, 1987: Judith Greer Schulz 
'61, Lynchburg, \A, President; Winnie Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas, TX, First Vice President & Director of Clubs; Patricia 
Neale Van Clief 72, Lexington, KY, Second Vice President; .^nne TOlson Rowe '57. Fredericksburg. VA, Secretar>"; 
Anita Loving Lewis '41. East Berlin, PA, Treasurer (Finance Chairman); Jody Raines Brinkley '57, Richmond. VA. 
Alumnae Fund Chairman; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58. Grosse Pointe. Ml. Nominating Chairman; Nathalie Ryan Ho\t 
'72, Houston. TX, Alumnae Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard Grones '45. \'irginia Beach. VA, Planned Giving 
Chairman; Sarah M. Bumbaugh '54, Ocean City, NJ, National Bulb Chairman; Karin L. Lawson '74. Alexandria, VA, 
Continuing Education Chairman; Cannie Crysler Shafer '78. Narberth. P.'\. Financial Aid Chairman; Anne Stelle '78. 
Chicago, IL. Career Planning Chairman. 

Regional Chairmen: Anne Worboys Buske '61. SjTacuse, K\'; Barbara Sampson Borsch '59, Princeton, NJ: Ellen 
Harrison Saunders '75, Suffolk, VA; Mar>' Scales Lawson '70, Greenville, SC; Laura Campbell Walker '68, Miami. 
PL; Sheila Carroll Cooprider '65. O'Fallon, IL; Nancie Howe Entenmann '56, Toledo. OH; Deborah Ziegler Hopkins 
'73. New Orleans. LA; Kathryn Prothro Yeager '61, 'Wichita Falls, TX; Penn Willets Mullin '66. San Rafael, CA. 

Members-at-large: Cecily V. Schulz '85, Charlottesville, VA; Katherine Connor? Cassada '86, Charlotte, NC. 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the .Alumnae ,\ssociation and 
elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar: Elizabeth Trueheart "Harris '49, Richmond, VA; Anna Chao 
Pai '57, Livingston. NJ; Gwen Speel Kaplan '60, Wilton, CT; E. Elaine Schuster '58, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Ex officio: Mar>' K. Lee McDonald '65, Richmond. VA, Past President, Alumnae Association; Elizabeth Doucett 
Neill '41, Southern Pines, NC, Boxwjod Circle Chairman, Fund Agent Chairman; Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon '69. 
Roswell, GA, Golden Stairs Chairman; Virginia Newman Blanchard '60, Madison, NJ. Reimion Giving Chairman; 
Claire Cannon Christopher '58. Winston-Salem, NC, Reimion Gi\'ing Chairman-Elect; Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57. 
Monroe. VA. Editor. Alumnae Magazine; Ann Morrison Reams '42, Lynchburg, VA, Director, Alumnae Association. 




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Cover: Roy Lichtenstein, Painting in 
Gold Frame. 1983-84. Lithograph, 
woodcut, screenprint, collage on 
.\rches 88 paper. 46'/ix36." 
Photo credit: Douglas M. Parker 1983. 

Editor: Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 

Assistant Editor and Class 

Notes Editor: Noreen Donnelly Parker 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion '74, 
The Design Group 
L>Tichburg, Virginia 

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and summer by S\reet Briar College. Second class postage 
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Enriching a Legacy: 
The Sweet Briar Art Collection 

By Carma C. Fauntleroy 
Director of College Galleries and Arts Management Program, Sweet Briar College 




Shusaka Arakawa, Blankless Tone. 
and embossing, 4/35, 29 x 48" 



1979, 15-color lithograph with silkscreen 

The transformation of the Refec- 
tory into an art gallery continues to 
draw cries of amazement from alum- 
nae, their families and friends. More 
wondrous is the scope and caliber of 
the Sweet Briar College Art Collec- 
tion gathered under one roof in the 
Anne Gary Pannell Center. On dis- 
play and in storage areas on the 
ground floor are approximately 1,000 
art objects readily available for en- 
joyment and use in the study of art. 
Each year the collection grows with 
gifts from many generous donors 
and in 1986 the Friends of Art 
greatly enhanced the collection's 
prestige and teaching effectiveness 
with major gifts of art. 

The Sweet Briar Collection offers 
countless opportunities for pleasure 
and enlightenment. Art history slide 
lectures supply a guide to styles and 
trends, but examination of the art 
object is a vital step in understand- 



ing the scholar's analysis of a work 
of art. For students of the fine arts, 
actual examples of acknowledged 
masters reveal the potential of ar- 
tistic techniques. For scholars in the 
liberal arts, cultural artifacts are 
tangible evidence of the historical 
context in which they were 
conceived. 

Sweet Briar's collection in fact 
serves as a resource for students and 
faculty. An etching by Rembrandt 
demonstrates the artist's early ba- 
roque style in an introductory course 
surveying European art history. 
Several different metalwork tech- 
niques appear on a Burmese silver 
bowl shown to a decorative arts 
class. Studio art classes visit the 
gallery to test their skills in identify- 
ing methods of printmaking. In the 
classroom, a Sudanese wooden 
figure demonstrates the interrelation 
of African sculpture and early 20th- 
century European art. Student 
research projects have focused on 
the collection's American landscape 
paintings and 16th- and 17th-century 
European prints. 

In an effort to present a compre- 
hensive survey of art history, 
museums strive to complete a roster 
of examples within a defined area of 
interest. As a hberal arts college, 
Sweet Briar's interest is all encom- 
passing and fortunately its art collec- 
tion includes European, Eastern, 
African and North American objects 
dating from the 13th century 
through the 1980s. Because the col- 
lection is comprised mainly of gifts, 
it lacks representative examples for 
teaching purposes in certain areas. 
Four of these "gaps" are what the 
Friends of Art admirably filled in 
1986. The Friends as a group 
donated works by Roy Lichtenstein 
and Shusaku Arakawa. Individual 
members of the Friends of Art 
augmented the collection with gifts 
of an etching by Philip Pearlstein 

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and a 17th-century Flemish painting 
attributed to Paulus Bril. 

The acquisitions fund maintained 
by the Friends of Art is an impor- 
tant source for improving the quality 
of the College's permanent collec- 
tion. It was this fund that enabled 
the group to purchase the two ex- 
cellent examples of 20th-century 
American art: Painting in Gold 
Frame by Roy Lichtenstein (il- 
lustrated on the cover of this issue) 
and Blankless Tone by Shusaku 
Arakawa. 

Roy Lichtenstein was recognized 
as a leading proponent of Pop Art in 
the 1960s. His early oil paintings of 
comic strips enlarged to monumental 
proportions reflected his ongoing in- 
vestigation of "art" and the creative 
process. The process of making a 
work of art was a primary concern 
of the Abstract Expressionists, the 
vanguard of American art during the 
1940s-1950s. Disavowing traditional 
subject matter, they espoused an art 
form that recorded individual expres- 
sion in abstract compositions. In 
reaction. Pop artists retrieved 
familiar objects for use in their com- 
positions; Lichtenstein's was the 
blown up comic strip. 

Dots, hnes and simplified flat 
forms associated with commercial 
printing became the hallmark of 
Lichtenstein's artistic vocabulary. He 
translated Old Master paintings, the 
Abstract Expressionist's brushstroke 
and even the physical structure of 
artwork (canvas, stretcher, frame) 
into magnified dot-and-line. The 
1983-84 print Painting in Gold 
Frame given by the Friends of Art 
includes the major elements of 
Lichtenstein's oeuvre: broad black 
outlines, hard-edge renditions of 
Abstract Expressionist brushstrokes 
and the decorative gold frame. 

Not only does this work shed light 
on the artist and his role in art 
history, it also offers excellent ex- 
amples of printmaking techniques. 
The 14-color combination of litho- 
graph, woodcut, screenprint and col- 
lage was published by Gemini 
G.E.L., a workshop of master 
printers well-known for their exper- 
tise in collaboration with artists. 

Another fine example of multiple 
print techniques is the second gift by 
the Friends of Art, Blankless Tone by 
Shusaku Arakawa (page 2). The 
15-color lithograph with silkscreen 
and embossing dated 1979 is Sweet 



Briar's first acquisition 
demonstrating Conceptualism, an art 
movement that gained recognition in 
the late 1960s and 1970s. Of 
primary importance to the Concep- 
tual artist is the concept, or idea, 
behind the creation of artwork; the 
physical product is secondary. 

Born in Japan, Arakawa studied 
philosophy, linguistics, medicine and 
mathematics. All contribute to his 
form of Conceptual art which ex- 
plores communication and the in- 
definable area between verbal and 



is not sacrosanct. Instead, the 
supremacy of the idea places 
Arakawa 's work in the Conceptual 
realm. 

In addition to acquisitions made 
possible by the Friends of Art as a 
group. Sweet Briar received gifts 
from individual members during 
1986. The College art collection now 
includes a fine example of New 
Realism that reemerged in American 
art during the 1970s, thanks to the 
generosity of Jackie Mabie 
Humphrey '60, a board member of 




Philip Pearlstein, Model on Hammock, 1974, 4-pIate color line and aquatint 
etching, printer's proof, 23V2 x 25V2" 

visual signals. In Blankless Tone, the 
artist delves into the meaning of 
language symbolized by stenciled 
words (SPEAK, PERCEPTION, 
TONE). The ambiguity of the text is 
reinforced by its visual treatment. 
On the left, the horizontal blend of 
color first dissolves, then reveals, 
then dissolves the letters. A 
duplicate text on the right is further 
obscured by what appears to be 
smeared ink and radiating lines over- 
laid with a rectangle of translucent 
white ink. 

Arakawa's subject is communica- 
tion and the inherent shades, or 
layers, of nuance beyond observed 
verbal and visual cues. The folded 
corner of the paper reminds the 
viewer that the physical work of art 



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the Friends of Art. The reaction of 
Pop artists to Abstract Expression- 
ism was characterized by the use of 
familiar objects. A natural outgrowth 
of this return to recognizable subject 
matter was toward literal representa- 
tion. Perceiving Sweet Briar's need 
for an example of this facet of 
modern art history, Jackie made a 
gift of a 1974 color etching by Philip 
Pearlstein entitled Model on 
Hammock, shown on page 3. 

Characteristically, Pearlstein por- 
trays the static, nonchalant nude in a 
sparsely furnished studio setting. 
Compositional planes are defined 
with the cropped, close-up view, 
angular pose and zones of shading. 
Neutral light and equal attention to 
all components — figure, hammock, 
molding, shadow — establish an ob- 
jectivity that negates the traditional 
sensuality of a nude subject. 

Upon her 50th reunion Virginia 
Camp Smith '36, a Life Member of 



the Friends of Art, donated a 17th- 
century Flemish oil painting in 
memory of her husband, Charles 
Lee Smith, Jr., and in honor of her 
daughter, Lindsay Smith Newsom 
'67. The painting, entitled The 
Monks Fishing (see below), is at- 
tributed to Paulus Bril, whose land- 
scapes are considered a stylistic link 
between the panoramic views of 
Pieter Brueghel and the ideal land- 
scapes of Poussin and Claude. 

The Flemish painter Bril, who 
moved to Rome around 1574, rear- 
ranged elements from the natural 
world to achieve dramatic effect in 
imaginary landscapes. At the same 
time he retained a typically northern 
concern for realistic detail. Sweet 
Briar's acquisition embodies these 
qualities. Dark rocky masses tower 
over the fishermen in the fore- 
ground. In contrast a distant village 
and tiny silhouettes of mountain 
travelers are bathed in glowing light. 




.Attributed to Paulus Bril, The Monks Fishing. 17th-century, oil on canvas. 23 x 36" 



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In a traditionally northern manner 
the artist meticulously rendered the 
fingers of the fishermen. 

Gifts from the Friends of Art in 
1986 were not merely four more 
works of art. Filling four "gaps" 
with examples of impressive quality 
enhanced the collection's role as a 
source of enjoyment and enlighten- 
ment in the college community. 
Since the renovation of the Refectory 
provided facilities to preserve 
precious artworks, generations of 
future students, faculty and visitors 
will reap the benefits of the Sweet 
Briar Art Collection. The generous 
support of the Friends of Art con- 
tinues to enrich that legacy. CH 




Carma Fauntleroy holds a B.A. in 
history from the College of William 
and Mary and an M.A. in art history 
(with concentration in museum ad- 
ministration) from George Washington 
University. She came to Sweet Briar 
from the Textile Museum, where she 
was finance officer, and has previous 
experience as a curatorial intern in the 
National Gallery of Art's Department 
of 20th-century Art and as assistant 
to the president of the International 
Exhibitions Foundation, all in 
Washington, D.C. 




Detail of The Monks Fishing. 



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Collecting American Painting, 
A Personal View 



By Bonnie Loyd Crane '50 




#1 Young Girl in YelIo\v Calico, 
American School, oil, 27 x 22" circa 
1840, The Crane Collection. 



In Boston the Evans Wing of the 
Museum of Fine Arts has reopened 
recently after four years of extensive 
renovations. The first floor is 
devoted to American paintings, many 
familiar to any student of art history. 
To stand in the pale blue gallery 
housing part of the M. F. A.'s collec- 
tion of Copley paintings is truly an 
awesome experience. From Copley's 
youthful Boy with a Squirrel, to the 
searching portrait of Paul Revere, the 
silversmith, and the high drama of 
Watson and the Shark in Havana 
Harbor, the range of the young artist 
is elegantly presented. Copley em- 
bodied the highest qualities of the 
emerging nation; indeed these 
American works are regarded as his 
best, as the later influence of 
cosmopolitan English portraiture and 
history painting was not compatible 
with Copley's unique talents. To see 
30 or more paintings by this most 
important American artist is indeed 
a rare treat. 

A short 20 years ago the would- 
be-viewer of American paintings had 
to overcome numerous obstacles in 
order to see works by artists like 
Copley. Hanging in the back halls, 
galleries and mezzanines of major 
museums were whatever paintings 
the curatorial staffs deemed worthy 
of exhibiting. Usually the numbers 
were few and the viewing areas less 
than satisfactory. Such was the 
esteem in which American paintings 
were held. European paintings were 
still the stars! Collections of 
museums such as Houston's (a 
relatively new city) concentrated on 
European painting, with only a few 
western American paintings on 
display. But times have changed. 
Other museums no doubt will follow 
Boston's lead in recognizing its 
wealth of fine American paintings 



and displaying them in a manner 
worthy of the art itself. 

My own interest and expertise in 
the field of American painting began 
to develop before it became 
"fashionable." In 1968, 18 years (and 
three children) after receiving my 
A.B. from Sweet Briar with a major 
in French, I enrolled in a graduate 
program in art history at Bryn 
Mawr. As a sometime-painter, I had 
fleshed out my interest in the mak- 
ing of art with an art history survey 
course at Sweet Briar. When my 
youngest child entered kindergarten 
I embarked on an M.A. program, at 
a time when such a commitment by 
"mature" women was still most 
unusual. Four years were required 
on my part-time schedule of stu- 
dent/mother/wife to complete the 
course work and thesis. Along the 
way I became interested in the 
evolution of American painting from 
colonial days to the present. My 
thesis was concerned with 
Philadelphia collections in colonial 
days and the early days of the 
republic. Collections before the 
Revolution? Yes, indeed. Research 
unearthed bills of lading for 
shipments of paintings from Ant- 
werp to America for sale at auction. 
Auction? Yes, indeed. Freeman's in 
Philadelphia (with a Sweet Briar 
connection in Debbie Freeman 
Cooper '50) is one of the oldest auc- 
tion houses in the country. Wealthy 
colonials did most certainly hang 
paintings in their elegant houses. 
Portraits, definitely, but landscapes 
and still lifes as well adorned their 
walls. Although most of the early 
paintings were done by European 
immigrant artists, some were native- 
born, self-taught artists who used 
engravings of European paintings as 
models for their rather stiff 

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renderings. 

The excellent little book by Mary 
C. Black with an introduction by 
Lloyd Goodrich, What is American 
in American Art,* poses thought- 
provoking questions. Is there 
something uniquely American in the 
works by our early artists? Most 
were trained by European painters in 
the art of drapery depiction, for ex- 
ample, or the rendering of baroque 
props for portraits. However, there is 
an American quality, I believe, which 
manifests itself in the linearity and 
precise observation and rendition of 
detail in these early paintings. At- 
tributable perhaps to the isolation of 
our young nation, the medieval tradi- 
tion of painting — flat, stylized, 
detailed, linear technique — per- 
sisted well into the 19th century. A 
well-known benchmark of early 
American painting, Mrs. Freake and 
Baby Mary, at the Worcester Art 
Museum, embodies these qualities. 

Portraits by America's first artists 
differed somewhat from their Euro- 
pean counterparts in the artist's 
faithful representation of the subject, 
warts and all. No effort was made to 
"prettify" the sitter. Court painters 
these artists were not! It is a very 
long way from the flat, decorative 
folk portraits of the 17th and 18th 
centuries to the sophisticated 
elegance of a John Singer Sargent of 
the 19th century (witness the recent 
exhibition at the Whitney Museum). 
Stylishly elongated, graceful figures, 
presented with virtuoso fluidity of 
brushwork characterize Sargent's 
work. The equal of any of his Euro- 
pean peers (he lived in Europe all 
his life), Sargent's work still falls 
within our definition of the 
American quality of painting in his 
sensitivity to the sitter. His beautiful 
subjects, seemingly poised and 
elegant, reveal inner tensions in the 
twisting of hands or the pressure of 
long fingers against a table top. 

An interest in portraiture led me 
to include the charming, unsigned 
portrait of a young girl (illustration 
#1) in one of the first exhibitions of 
19th-century paintings which I 
curated for a local gallery. The girl 
is dressed in a mustard yellow calico 
dress. Her pigtail hangs in front of a 
rather large ear, but her sweet face 
and direct gaze capture the viewer's 
heart. The artist is unknown, but 
his, or her, understanding of the 
young sitter is tenderly evident. 



NEW FACES was the title of the 
inaugural exhibition of my gallery on 
Newbury Street, Boston's street of 
galleries and boutiques. Just as por- 
traiture was the first type of paint- 
ing done in the colonies (excluding 
such commercial painting as signs, 
coachpainting and firebuckets), a 
portrait exhibition opened our 
gallery. Dealer friends had cautioned 
me about such an exhibition, as por- 
traits are notoriously hard to sell, 
they said — and they are, unless the 
portrait is wonderful and appealing, 
or by a major artist. The record- 
breaking price achieved for the 
Rembrandt Peale portrait of Rubens 
Peale with Geranium ($4.4 million) 
was an affirmation to me of the im- 
portance of portraits! 

A very small Portrait of a 
Gentleman (illustration #2), an 18th- 
century work, was the earliest paint- 
ing in NEW FACES. A young 
woman Ph.D. student fell in love 
with the small portrait, which we 
had determined to be English. 
Although there was no visible 
signature, it was evident that the 
artist was highly trained. The buyer 
told me that she had never expected 
to be able to own an 18th-century 
portrait, especially one which would 
fit into her suitcase or pocketbook as 
she traveled to England to work on 
her dissertation. Her curiosity about 
the painter and subject of the small 
work led her to take the painting to 
the university conservation lab 
where, upon the removal of a back- 
ing substance, there was found an 
inscription in Russian. The subject 
was Russian; no doubt by now the 
new owner knows his whole history! 
Paintings do have stories to tell. 

I have a special fondness for pairs 
of paintings. Like old married 
couples, these pairs have stayed 
together for decades. In my opinion 
they should not be separated, even if 
one of the pair is clearly superior to 
the other. A case in point: I bought 
a very small view of Niagara (illu- 
stration #3) from a dealer friend 
from Connecticut. "Very small" 
means in this instance about 4x6" — 
roughly the size of a postcard. The 
painting was unsigned, but by a 
trained hand. It could be dated 
roughly by the tower shown near the 
cataract, as the tower was demo- 
lished before mid-century. The little 
Niagara was to be one of the stars 
of SMALLS, an exhibition of small 




#2 Portrait of a Gentleman, American 
school, oil on paper, 5V2 x 4V4", The 
Crane Collection. 



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paintings. In searching for other 
works for the show, I received 
several small paintings from an out- 
of-state dealer. Among these was a 
view of Niagara the same size as 
mine (illustration #4) and, I was con- 
vinced, by the same unknown artist. 
We hung the two paintings side by 
side and they received a great deal 
of attention. One of the visitors to 
the gallery was the dealer from 
whom I had bought the first paint- 
ing. He remarked, upon seeing 
them, "Oh, I see they are back 



together again." Explaining that he 
had bought both from a "runner, " 
he subsequently sold one to an im- 
portant New York dealer, who in 
turn sold it out of state and it finally 
came to me. By the time I received 
the painting, it had greatly appre- 
ciated in price, so its mate looked 
like a "poor relation." I therefore 
priced them as a pair to equalize the 
difference. Some months later in 
New York I happened to see a larger 
pair of Niagara paintings, highly 
detailed and clearly by the same ar- 




#3 Niagara Falls, American School oil on paper on canvas, 5 x 8", The Crane 
Collection. 




#4 Niagara Falls, American School oil on paper on canvas, 5 x 8", The Crane 
Collection. 



tist as our small pair. Careful ex- 
amination revealed a signature, 
"Lotti," in minuscule script. Thus 
the small unsigned painting found 
its mate and its artist as well, even 
though no information has been 
forthcoming about Lotti. 

The 19th century, often called the 
Golden Age of American painting, 
witnessed the development of an 
American style of painting. Land- 
scape succeeded portraiture as the 
favored type. Painters such as 
Bierstadt and Moran went west with 
surveyors, recording the magnificent 
variety of dramatic scenes in this 
vast country. Nostalgia for the pass- 
ing of an era may have prompted the 
interest in marine painting which 
flourished in the latter half of the 
19th century. As the age of sail met 
the age of steam, sailing ships 
became a popular subject for artists. 
Notable among these were ship por- 
traitists such as Jacobsen and 
Buttersworth, while the seacoast was 
the province of such fine painters as 
William Trost Richards and Alfred 
T Bricher. 

Artists flourished in the cities 
where paintings by leading artists 
were exhibited, sometimes on a fee 
basis. The first art museums were 
established in the early part of the 
19th century. Leading artists were 
commissioned to decorate the halls 
of state. News of the booming art 
interest in the young nation led 
hundreds of artists to immigrate to 
this country where they believed 
their fortunes lay. 

Following the Civil War there was 
a shift in interest towards European 
painting as the large fortunes of 
American industrialists responded to 
the whim of fashion. American 
artists, sensing the shift in taste, 
went abroad as before, and many, 
like Frieseke and Mary Cassatt, 
stayed. Those who returned brought 
back the new "impressionism" which 
later eclipsed all other styles. Not 
until New York became a major art 
center in the 1940s with the advent 
of abstract expressionism did 
American painting regain its position 
in this country. Historical American 
painting, however, was still relegated 
to the back halls. 

Collectors today have multiple 
choices in 19th-century American 
painting. Fine folk art collections (for 
instance the Karolik in Boston, of 
Jean Lipman's) represent a commit- 

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ment and acute sense of design rare- 
ly equaled. The beginning collector 
of folk art still can locate good 
examples, but now must pay a 
substantial price for the best work. 
Hudson River School paintings have 
long been sought after. It has been 
increasingly difficult to acquire good 
examples of these bucolic scenes, 
especially those with a luminist 
quality. Marine painting is another 
specialty for which the demand sur- 
passes the supply. Still life and 
genre paintings (scenes of everyday 
life) are other areas in which one 
might develop a collection. Clearly 
the more information one possesses 
on any given area, the more inter- 
esting the search for paintings will 
be. 

Whenever a painting comes into 
the gallery, we research the artist, if 
known, or we try to discover the 
name of the artist if unknown. 
There are experts who specialize in 
the work of particular painters, 
whom we consult when appropriate. 
Since the 19th century was the 
Golden Age of American painting, 
there were hundreds of fine artists 
working all over the country. It is 
well nigh impossible to be conver- 
sant with all of them, so we are con- 
stantly learning and adding informa- 
tion on new artists to our "bio- 
books." My able assistant, Adrienne 
Wilde (SBC '85) has become conver- 
sant with a host of artists whose 
names are not included in any col- 
lege survey course (not even Sweet 
Briar's). 

When a painting is unsigned, it 
presents special problems. There are 
those who believe the purchase of an 
unsigned painting to be a poor 
investment. I do not adhere to that 
philosophy. If the painting is well- 
done and appealing, and the price 
affordable, I buy it. If research does 
not unearth the name of the artist, 
the painting still has intrinsic value. 
The pair of still lifes (illustrations #5 
and 6) fill me with joy each time I 
look at them. They are visual 
delights, beautifully executed, with a 
wonderful feeling of volume and rich 
color. One day I may discover their 
creator. If not, I will not value them 
less. 

This past fall we featured the 
work of the American artist Bruce 
Crane, one of the founders of the 
American Tonalist movement. The 
exhibition, the first in a commercial 



gallery since the artist's death in 
1937, was the culmination of a long 
interest which I held in the artist. 
Initially the name attracted me. 
Photographs of the artist showed a 
familiar Crane facial type and 
expression. Research led me to the 
discovery of a common ancestor (on 
my husband's side) in the 1700s in 
New Jersey. Finally, when asked 
about the Crane Collection and 
Bruce Crane connection, I had a 
ready answer. Interesting though 
these facts were (the artist did 



In recent years there has been 
renewed interest in the work of the 
Tonalists. I find Crane's landscapes 
immensely satisfying and visually 
delightful, but beyond that there is 
an emotional reaction which is con- 
veyed, to me at least, when viewing 
his work. I firmly believe that the 
viewer should be moved, affected, by 
the painting under consideration. If 
there is no reaction, the painting 
probably is not the right one for 
you. A psychologist told me of a 
study in which he had participated 




#5 Spring Bouquet Still Life, American 
School (Pennsylvania), circa 1830. Oil 
on panel, 15% x 13", The Crane 
Collection. 

indeed lead a dramatic life), it was 
his paintings which spoke to me. In 
1984 the Florence Griswold Museum 
in Old Lyme, CT mounted an 
elegant exhibition of paintings by 
this too-long neglected artist. I was 
excited by the work, never having 
seen so many of Crane's paintings 
together at one time. Two and a half 
years later we presented some 21 of 
his paintings and I reluctantly parted 
with many of them as they went to 
new homes in various parts of the 
country. Bruce Crane was a very 
important artist in his own lifetime, 
being a National Academician, and 
one who exhibited and was collected 
by major collectors (Andrew 
Carnegie) and museums (Metro- 
politan and many others). However, 
as with other artists who remained 
separate from impressionism or 
abstraction. Crane's reputation ebbed 
after his death. 



#6 Fruit Still Life, American School 
(Pennsylvania), circa 1830. Oil on 
panel, 15% x 13", The Crane 
Collection. 

which did, in fact, measure the 
physiological effects on the viewer 
when presented with a series of 
paintings. Whether there is a surge 
of adrenaline, or some other 
substance, causing the reaction, 
something does happen! It is possi- 
ble to be quite analytical when look- 
ing at a painting, but I also believe 
in an emotional involvement. 

Springtime, Long Island Farm was 
the featured painting in our Bruce 
Crane exhibition (illustration #7). 
Done when the artist was just 24, 
the painting is a masterful American 
Barbizon work. A few years later 
Crane created the magnificent 
Snowscene (illustration #8): a leaden 
sky streaked with a slice of lemon 
yellow bordered with orange on the 
horizon. The storm had passed and 
there was promise of a fine day to 
come. American painters of the 19th 
century held a reverence for nature. 



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elegantly conveyed in their work. 
Whether the awe-inspiring grandeur 
of a Bierstadt or Church, or the gen- 
tle transcendental luminism of a 
Heade or Fitzhugh Lane or the more 
intimate view of a Crane, all were 
attuned to the myster>' and implied 
divinity of the landscape. 

Collecting American paintings can 
be a most rewarding avocation for 
anyone with the eye and interest to 
pursue the subject. Tales of the 
occasional masterwork discovered in 
an attic or dusty antique shop are 
fewer these days. Certainly there 
were those astute souls who ferreted 
out the good works of relatively 
unknown artists, held them for 25 
years or more and reaped large pro- 
fits, but they are also rare. For most 



of us, acquiring paintings is 
delightful but often very arduous 
work. Paintings of real quality and 
interest are becoming increasingly 
pricey. Reputable dealers, collectors 
and auctions are the likely sources. 
In order to buy at auction one must 
do one's homework beforehand, look- 
ing at condition, provenance and 
quality of each painting before 
bidding. Whether one searches for a 
single painting or an entire collec- 
tion, the search itself can be 
fascinating. Whatever the source, the 
paintings acquired can afford a 
lifetime of pleasure for us and for 
succeeding generations. [^ 



• Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 
1971 



Publisher, .\Y 




#7 Bruce Crane. Springtime Long Island Farm. 1881. oil on canvas, 
38". The Crane Collection. Signed lower left: "Bruce Crane/NY" 





A 1950 cum laude graduate of Sweet 
Briar with a major in French, Bonnie 
Crane received an M.A. in art history 
from B>yn Mawr in 1972. She also 
has studied at the Sorbonne. at the 
American University. Cairo. Egypt, 
and at the Pennsylvania Academy of 
Art. She has taught at Cairo 
American College. Egypt (drawing 
and painting) and the Kincaid School 
in Houston. TX (art history survey} 
and has lectured at Rice University 
and at the Museum of Fine Arts. 
Houston (American painting). She has 
enjoyed extensive foreig)i travel and 
has much experience in museum and 
galleiy work. In 1985 she became 
owner and director of the Crane Col- 
lection (Boston), a gallery specializing 
in painting from the 19th and early 
20th centuries with changing exhibi- 
tions. She is married, with three 
grown children. This is her second 
contribution to the Alumnae 
Magazine.- in 1952 she wrote about 
UNICEF, where she was working at 
the time. 



#8 Bruce Crane, Snoivscene. 1885, oil on canvas, 16 x 24", The Crane 
Collection. 

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Sweet Briar College 



Belle da Costa Greene 
Femina Doctissima Virginiensis 



By Elizabeth B. Wilson '70 



Ever>' year The Pierpont Morgan 
Librar>' attracts about 200,000 
visitors who come from all over the 
world to ponder its priceless collec- 
tions of old master drawings, rare 
books and manuscripts. The rooms 
are small and jewellike — appro- 
priate to the scale and quality of the 
objects they house. It is a serene 
and imposing place, which brings 
out the reverential side in even the 
most jaded museum-goer. (Even 
schoolchildren tiptoe and whisper; 
this has to be seen to be believed, of 
course, but the author is an 
eyewitness to the phenomenon.) In- 
deed, the illusion that one is the 
privileged guest in the home of a 
great connoisseur would be complete 
were it not for the Helen Hayes 
look-alike at the front desk who has 
just rung up your "suggested con- 
tribution" of $3.00. 

In their perambulations through 
the Morgan Library, visitors are 
obliged to pass through a short 
hallway which contains a single work 
of art. It is a portrait of a woman 
named Belle da Costa Greene by the 
early 20th-century French artist 
Paul-Cesar Helleu. As an inter- 
mediary stop between majestic ex- 
amples of Renaissance draughtsman- 
ship and the ponderous grandeur of 
the Gutenberg Bible, the picture 
strikes a faintly jarring note. Patent- 
ly pretty and sporting an extrava- 
gantly plumed hat, the sitter is a 
paragone of Edwardian chic — and 
cheek. The uninformed observer 
could easily and somewhat disap- 
provingly conclude that the sitter 
was like one of those anti-heroines 
out of an Edith Wharton novel — 
the kind of woman who might select 
the Morgan Library as a fashionable 
place for a rendezvous with a pro- 
spective beau, but never for edifica- 

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The East Room of the Pierpont Morgan Librar\ 



tion and aesthetic stimulation. In 
point of fact, the sitter selected the 
Morgan Library as the place to 
which she would dedicate her entire 
career. And it was Belle Greene 
who, perhaps more than any other 
individual, transformed the Morgan 
Library from a private treasure 
house into one of the most distin- 
guished museums and centers for 
scholarly research in the world. (It is 
quite true, by the way, that she also 
had a marked penchant for alluring 
and fashionable attire.) 

Her association with the Morgan 
collections began in 1905, when, at 
the age of 21, she was hired by 
Pierpont Morgan as his librarian and 
personal secretary. He was by that 
time in serious need of both. For the 
past 15 years Morgan had been ac- 



quiring — at a pace that can only be 
described as breathtaking — authors' 
manuscripts, medieval and 
Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, 
incunabula (books printed before 
1500), later printed books and 
precious bookbindings, as well as 
paintings and other works of art. (In 
commenting on the vastness of the 
Morgan collections. Belle once 
remarked, "It apparently includes 
everything except the original tables 
of the Ten Commandments.") It is 
probably fair to say that even Mr. 
Morgan was not completely certain 
of exactly what he had and where it 
was; and each day brought a new 
stack of letters and cables from 
dealers around the world hoping to 
tempt Morgan with news of yet 
another priceless treasure which 

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might be available... for a price. 
Mr. Morgan's nephew, Junius 
Spencer Morgan, a man of slenderer 
means but a passionate connoisseur 
of books and manuscripts, had been 
acting for some time as an unofficial 
advisor to his uncle in the formation 
of his collections. It was primarily 
on Junius's recommendation that 
Pierpont Morgan hired Belle. She 
had been working in the Princeton 
University Library (Junius was 
himself a Princeton man), as a 
cataloguer and reference assistant. 
The leap from the Princeton Univer- 
sity Library reference desk to Mr. 
Morgan's library may seem to some 
extent precipitous, but there is every 
indication that Belle found it a 
logical, perhaps inevitable step. "I 
knew definitely by the time I was 
twelve years old that I wanted to 
work with rare books. I loved them 



even then, the sight of them, the 
wonderful feel of them, the romance 
and thrill of them. Before I was six- 
teen, I had begun my studies, omit- 
ting the regular college course that 
many girls take before they have 
found out what they want to do." 

There may be an element of 
bravado and prideful sensitivity in 
Belle's pronouncement that, being 
more directed than most young 
women, she "omitted the regular col- 
lege course. " From what little we 
know of her early life, it seems ex- 
tremely unlikely that domestic 
finances would have allowed her 
even to think of a college education. 
Born in Alexandria, Virginia on 
December 13, 1883, she was the 
third of five children of Richard and 
Genevieve Van Vliet Greene. Her 
middle name came from her mater- 
nal grandmother, Genevieve da Costa 




Photograph of J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) by Edward Steichen.s Held by 
Steichen Estate. 

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Van Vliet. It appears that Belle's 
parents separated while she was still 
quite young; the children moved 
with their mother to Princeton, New 
Jersey. Mrs. Greene, a native of 
Richmond described as "a proud and 
cultivated lady of old fashioned 
dignity," was obliged to give music 
lessons to support her children while 
they attended local schools. Almost 
immediately after graduation Belle 
went to work at the Princeton 
University Library. 

There are no detailed accounts of 
Morgan's first interview with Belle, 
but it is a scene worth imagining. 
Morgan was almost 70. As the most 
brilliant and successful financier of 
his day, his name was synonymous 
with wealth, power and influence. 
He also had a reputation for being 
brusque, impatient and generally for- 
bidding. Edward Steichen, the 
famous photographer whose portrait 
of Morgan is permanently on view 
in the Library, remarked that 
meeting Mr. Morgan's gaze was like 
facing the headlights of an 
onrushing express train — if you 
could get off the track, they were 
merely awe-inspiring, but if you 
couldn't they were terrifying. Into 
this lofty presence stepped Belle 
Greene, barely out of her teens, 
equipped with lots of enthusiasm 
and very little experience. The con- 
trast between the two must have 
been striking, to say the least, but, 
seemingly against all odds, they hit 
it off splendidly from the start. 
Later Belle would write that her 
lasting remembrance of Morgan was 
"as he came into the Library on 
Christmas morning.. .singing '0 come 
all ye faithful' at the top of his 
lungs.. .throwing his hat and cane 
into the nearest receptacle (a por- 
phyry sarcophagus) and putting both 
arms around me and kissing me on 
both cheeks." 

When she assumed her duties, the 
splendid Library building on 36th 
Street, expressly designed to house 
Mr. Morgan's precious books and 
manuscripts, was nearing comple- 
tion. The facade, constructed of tons 
of costly Tennessee marble, was 
modeled along the graceful, classical 
lines of an Italian Renaissance palaz- 
zo. Inside, a vast two-storied room 
was lined floor to ceiling with 
massive bronze bookcases, each fit- 
ted with its own lock. Across the 
foyer was Mr. Morgan's private do- 
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main, a magnificent study with an 
ornately carved 15th-century wooden 
ceiling, red damask wall coverings 
and an enormous custom-made desk. 
(These rooms are now National 
Historic Landmark Interiors and re- 
main little changed since the days of 
Morgan.) 

Belle's first responsibilities were to 
sort, catalogue and generally 
organize the collections and, upon 
completion of the Library building in 
1906, to oversee the installation of 
these collections into surroundings 
worthy of their importance. Within a 
few years Mr. Morgan's "librarian" 
had become his trusted and indis- 
pensable aide. More and more she 
was sent abroad to consult with 
dealers, auction houses and other 
collectors on her employer's behalf. 

She took full advantage of these 
trips not only to track down new 
treasures but also as an opportunity 
for self-education of the highest 
order. While some dealers found her 
imperious and hard-headed, scholars 
remarked on her "genuine humility" 
and eagerness to learn. In 1908, for 
example, began her long and deep 
friendship with Sidney Cockerell, the 
director of the Fitzwilliam Museum 
in Cambridge. He was to exert a 
profound influence on her as a con- 
noisseur of manuscript illumination, 
training her eye and critical ap- 
proach, and providing her with in- 
troductions to the most eminent 
scholars of Britain and the 
Continent. 

As the representative of one of the 
world's wealthiest and most spec- 
tacular collectors, it was inevitable 
that she should receive a certain 
amount of notoriety. Far from 
shrinking from the spotlight, Belle 
Greene seems to have positively 
gloried in it. She adored dressing in 
sweeping Renaissance gowns (with 
matching jewels), which showed her 
voluptuous, slim-waisted figure to 
greatest advantage. She adopted the 
habit of carrying a large green silk 
handkerchief (to match her heavy- 
lidded green eyes), which she would 
use to dramatic effect. Always avid 
for entertainment, she was famous 
for her devotion to champagne sup- 
pers and practical jokes. Many of 
her contemporaries found it some- 
what difficult to reconcile her flam- 
boyance (which occasionally could 
veer into downright outrageousness) 
with her professionalism and scholar- 



ly dedication. Defying categorization, 
she was, in the parlance of 
bibliophiles, a unicum. 

An event of the greatest impor- 
tance in her early career was the 
sale of Lord Amherst's extraordinary 
library of manuscripts and early 
printed books. They were scheduled 
to be sold at auction by Sotheby's of 
London on December 6th, 1908. 
Contained within this group was a 
remarkable selection of books 
printed by William Caxton, 
England's first and most celebrated 
printer; and it was the Caxtons for 
which Belle set her cap. Months 
before the sale, she had written 
Morgan in Paris, "I have word from 
Quaritch [a London bookdealer] that 
Lord Amherst is willing to sell 
separate pieces from his library... the 
number from the Caxton press are 



most exceptional as they are perfect 
copies (almost unheard of) and would 
make your collection unique au 
mondey Belle was not, however, 
disposed to battling it out for them 
in the auction rooms. 

Arriving in London a few weeks 
before the sale, she made a private 
offer to Lord Amherst for the 
Caxtons. Still awaiting his reply the 
evening before the sale, she attended 
a dinner party at which many of the 
international coterie of collectors and 
dealers who had come to London for 
the auction were present. During 
dinner, she quietly received word 
that her offer to Lord Amherst had 
been accepted and that the Caxtons 
would be withdrawn from tomor- 
row's auction. As the evening was 
drawing to a close, a colleague 
asked, "Miss Greene, will you pro- 




Paul Helleu, French, 1859-1927. Portrait of Belle da Costa Greene, Drawing in 
black red and white crayon. 



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mise me that in the morning you 
will not bid against me for [a par- 
ticular] Caxton?" Belle replied 
simply, "Yes, I promise not to bid 
against you at the sale tomorrow." 
As a result of this coup, she re- 
turned to America with 17 Caxtons 
including The Game and Play of 
Chess and the Recuyell of the 
Histotyes of Troye, the first two 
books printed in the English 
language. In their coverage of the 
sale, the British press noted that 
"Mr. Morgan cabled his congratula- 
tions to his clever librarian" and 
added rather grudgingly, "We may 
yet see lady librarians at the British 
Museum." 

In those days it was certainly 
unusual for "lady librarians" to steal 
the spotlight in auction room dramas 
— or in any sphere of activity for 
that matter Belle could not have 
been unaware that she was, among 
other things, something of a pioneer 
in the establishment of women as a 
force to be reckoned with in 
business and professional worlds. 
While some might see the elements 
of a modern Cinderella story in her 
remarkable success, she would have 
summarily dismissed such a roman- 
ticized explanation for her achieve- 
ment. A woman like Belle Greene 
did not require the services of a 
fairy godmother. "I cannot agree 
that my connection with the Morgan 
collections has been a mere matter 
of luck. It was indeed a rare and 
beautiful opportunity that came to 
me, but I do not believe the oppor- 
tunity would ever have come if I had 
not been prepared in the first 
place... I am tremendously interested 
in women in relation to work; I 
think it is splendid for women to be 
coming to the front in so many 
ways. Of course, I think there are a 
lot of women who don't have to 
work and who don't know how to do 
anything in particular who are 
simply discontented at home and 
have vague yearnings to do some- 
thing — preferably interior 
decorating! But there is a host of 
earnest and intelligent young women 
everywhere looking about to do 
some worthy work and I have a very 
decided theory that fine oppor- 
tunities will come to all that are 
prepared..." 

Belle Greene was not a great 
beauty in the classic sense of the 
phrase, but she had rather sensuous 



features and a vibrant personality 
which seemed to have proved ir- 
resistible to many men in the course 
of her life. Prominent among these 
was the great art historian Bernard 
Berenson, whom she met in 
1908-1909. His infatuation with her 
(a source of some consternation to 
his wife, Mary) developed apace and 
in 1911 he described himself as one 
who "had been hit by a wandering 
sun..." and lamented (out loud to 
Mary!), "It is an awful thing to be in 
love with a person who is 3,000 
miles away." Both parties seem to 
have understood that there could be 
no question of marriage, but he con- 
tinued to write to her — some 400 
letters in all — for the rest of her 
life. She apparently burned most of 
his correspondence shortly before 
her death in 1950, but one letter, 
written in July of 1949, was found 
among her papers: "Dear Bella, 
I. ..have just returned from an 
absence of six weeks during which I 
revisited all the towns we saw 
together 40 years ago. I recall that 
you had no taste for looking back, 
but I have. & a day did not pass 
that I did not think of you.. .In my 
85th year I spend most of my wak- 
ing hours dozing. Yet between dozes 
I still enjoy being alive, working & 
seeing people. A word from you 
would not be unwelcome. Love B.B." 

In 1913 Belle received the crush- 
ing news that Pierpont Morgan had 
died after a period of ill health, 
while on vacation in Italy. Virtually 
his entire estate, including the vast 
collections of art and books, had 
been left to his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. 
Up to now Morgan, Jn had shown 
little interest in the treasures his 
father had amassed on 36th Street 
and for a time Belle's future and the 
future of the Morgan Library were 
uncertain. In the end he decided not 



to sell the Library or any of its con- 
tents and in 1914 she was able to 
write to a bookdealer friend in Lon- 
don, "I am glad to tell you that he 
[has] a strong interest in the Library 
and promised me that I may go on 
collecting books and manuscripts 
when the war is over." 

When the United States entered 
the war in 1917, she became ardent- 
ly involved in war work, and the ac- 
tivities of the Library were set aside 
for a time. But by 1920 she was off 
again to Europe, adding to the 
Morgan collections and to her own 
vast store of knowledge. 

For many years Belle had wanted 
the Library to be established on a 
permanent basis. In 1924 this wish 
finally was realized when J. P. 
Morgan, Jr. converted it into an in- 
corporated and endowed educational 
institution. Public reaction to this 
remarkable benefaction was under- 
standably enthusiastic and a reporter 
for the New York Tribune wrote, 
"The thing is perfect, inside and 
out, a Renaissance gem in the heart 
of prosaic New York.. .this monument 
comes to the City not as a mere 
philanthropic gesture, but as a 
carefully thought-out contribution to 
the domain of the intellect and of 
the spirit... New York has never had 
a nobler gift." Belle was named 
director, thus becoming the first 
woman director of a library in the 
LInited States. 

The transformation of the Morgan 
Library from a private to a public in- 
stitution was orchestrated by Belle 
with consummate skill and enthu- 
siasm. Publications, lectures and ex- 
hibitions were arranged, always con- 
forming to the highest possible stan- 
dards of scholarship and overseen by 
her down to the smallest detail. 
During the New York World's Fair 
(1939-40) the Library's exhibition of 



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(French, early 14th-century, M. 805, f. 67, det.) Purchased for the Morgan 
Library in 1938. 



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rare materials from its collections 
caused something of a sensation, 
prompting one critic to write, "The 
best exhibit at the New York Fair is 
not at the fair." When the Library 
first opened its doors to the public, 
there seems to have been some con- 
cern about how visitors would 
behave. The Morgan Library was 
not, after all, just another museum. 
Such fears quickly proved groundless 
and Belle wrote to J. P. Morgan, Jr 
reassuring news: "The visitors, few 

or many, are so d respectful, 

never speaking above a whisper. I 
occasionally think of importing a 
hoodlum (should I say another 
hoodlum) to keep myself company." 



In the 1940s her health began to 
deteriorate and in 1948, having 
served the library for 43 years, 24 as 
director, she retired. The following 
year plans were begun for a volume 
of studies in her honor Among the 
contributors were many of the most 
revered scholars of the day: Bernard 
Berenson, Curt Buhler, A. M. Hind, 
A. Hyatt Mayor, Millard Meiss, 
Erwin Panofsky, Gisela A. M. 
Richter, Meyer Schapiro and Kurt 
Weitzmann. As a general rule Belle 
shunned honors and tributes of any 
sort (although many were proffered). 
Finally published in 1954, Studies in 
Art and Literature for Belle da Costa 
Greene surely would have pleased 




Page from a Gradual, made in Florence, late 14-century, by Silvestro dei 
Gherarducci (M. 653.1). A superb example of Italian manuscript illumination, 
acquired by Morgan in 1907-08. 



her, however, for it was and remains 
an enduring contribution to scholarly 
enquiry of the greatest distinction. 

Another tribute she was persuaded 
to accept (no doubt with some 
amusement) was the following cita- 
tion from The Mediaeval Academy 
of America, written on the occasion 
of her admittance as one of its first 
women Fellows: Belle da Costa 
Greene, femina doctissima Virginien- 
sis. in ameonissimo Musaeo Ipsa 
Musa, quae, viri humanissimi 
thesauris et collide custoditis auctisque 
et grate populo apetiis, ex bibliotheca 
universitatem effecit, in qua discipuli, 
rigidissimi scilicet artium professores, 
admensam eius et legendi et causa 
libcntissime congregantur (Belle da 
Costa Greene, very learned woman 
from Virginia, herself a Muse in a 
most delightful Museum, who, ex- 
pertly guarding the treasures of a 
most cultured man, has increased 
them, unlocked them for a grateful 
people and made her Library a 
University where students, yea and 
the sternest professors of the liberal 
arts gladly gather at her desk, for 
study — yes, and for laughter) D 



Adapted from the entry on Miss 
Greene in Notable American Women 
and from an exhibition and talk 
presented in 1983 by D. W. Wright. 
Archivist of the Morgan Library, on 
the centennial of Miss Greene's birth. 
All letters and documents quoted in 
this article are in the archives of The 
Pierpont Morgan Library. Photographs 
are by courtesy of The Pierpont 
Morgan Library. D 

Elizabeth Wilson has alumnae friends in 
many classes as she traveled the United 
States for two years, visiting schools and 
attending prospective student parties as a 
member of the admissions staff, after 
graduating from Sweet Briar in 1970 with 
a major in history of art. After further 
study at the University of Virginia, site 
was a member of Christy's New York staff 
from 1975 until 1978. when she joined 
the staff at fames Maroncy. Inc. (a private 
dealer in American paintings, NYC). 
Since 1983 she luis been at The Morgan 
Llbraiy, where she currently serves as 
Public Affairs Officer working with 
public relations and educatiortal programs. 
Recently she presented a lecture on 
medieval manuscripts for the University of 
Denver Women's Library Association. A 
devotee of dance and tlieater she enjoys 
participating in nightly ballet classes. 



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RUSSIA 



PART II 

Text and photos by 
Lucy Kreusler Carey '50 




Autumn street scene in Irkutsk. 

We arrive in Irkutsk on the cold, 
clear night of September 26. Our 
hotel, a very nice building, has 
stained glass murals in the lobby 
and our room overlooks a park and 
the Angara River. We desperately 
need a bath; hot water feels great. 
After a quick drink at the Foreign 
Visitors Lounge, we retire. 

Next day we tour with a local 
guide named Elena, a pretty blue- 
eyed blonde whose English is very 
good. More cheerful than Moscow, 
Irkutsk is a pleasant city. The leaves 
are turning red and gold in its many 
parks and the Angara River is blue 
and very clean. There is little traffic 
on the side streets. The numerous 
high-rise apartment buildings are 
painted yellow, which blends well 
with prerevolutionary buildings of 
similar color. We also see quaint 
wooden houses painted dark green 
or blue with decorative window 
frames. Pictures of Lenin and 
slogans are very visible everywhere. 

We visit a working Russian Ortho- 
dox church. The place is crowded; 
most of the worshipers are elderly 
women, but a sizable group of young 
women with babies in their arms is 
also there. Many young people are 
in the choir and the priest looks to 
be under 40. Elena wants us to 
believe there is freedom of religion 
in the Soviet Union. I cannot accept it. 



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There are more than half a million 
people in Irkutsk and only one 
working Orthodox church! 

Next day we drive to Lake Baikal. 
Now the terrain is hilly, with heavy 
woods on both sides of the road, 
plenty of birch trees, also maple and 
pine. En route we stop at a little 
village; our guides stay at the bus 
stop and we explore alone — I go 
first to explain the foreign invasion 
to the villagers. 

The villagers are used to tourists 
who come from all over the world 
most of the year. The little settle- 
ment is very charming, but 
primitive: except for electricity and 
television it has no modern conven- 
iences. Neatly-kept unpainted 
wooden houses with flowerpots in 
the windows line both sides of the 
unpaved street. Sheep graze in a 
meadow behind the houses, watched 
over by an elderly shepherdess. A 
woman wearing rubber boots rinses 
her laundry in a clear little stream. 
There is a litde Russian Orthodox 
church at the far end of the village. 
The outside looks like a country 
church an^'where in the West but 
inside it is decidedly Russian with 
gilded icons. Very well kept, it is 
empty that day. 

We lunch on wonderful lake fish, 
rice, vegetables and Bulgarian wine 
at a restaurant overlooking Lake 

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Baikal. The largest freshwater lake 
in the world. Baikal is very beautiful 
with crystal clear deep blue water. 

Next morning we fly to 
Khabarovsk. Our group boards the 
plane first, then the Soviet tourists 
and a group of soldiers last — the 
Aeroflot does not appear to favor the 
military. Soviet planes do not have 
first class or reserved seats. They 
are certainly adequate, comparable 
to American planes and serve good 
meals: the food is fresh without the 
overprocessed taste so common on 
Western planes. A three-hour flight 
takes us to Khabarovsk, 5,500 miles 
southeast of Moscow, eight hours 
ahead of Moscow time and 15 hours 
ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard 
Time. The sun shines brightly, the 
temperature is in the 60s. 

Khabarovsk is a handsome city 
with interesting brownstone 
buildings downtown. Karl Marx 
Avenue, the main street, is jammed 
with buses and streetcars. Large 
groups of soldiers are in the streets: 
the closeness to the Chinese border 
accounts for the military presence. 
Tall trees shade side streets lined 
with pastel-colored two and three- 
story apartment houses enclosed 
behind red brick walls. Pink 
begonias and yellow marigolds 
decorate city parks and squares. 
There seem to be fewer billboards 
with Lenin's image, although there is 
a large Lenin monument in one of 
the squares. 

Our hotel is a six-story white and 
blue structure and this is the most 
comfortable room we have had on 
the trip — thick window drapes 
close and the bathroom has a rug 
and a shower curtain. Dinner is in a 
spacious dining room decorated by 
columns. A live band provides soft 
music as we dine on caviar, chicken 
soup and meat ravioli, with tea, cof- 
fee and pastry for dessert. 

After dinner we are invited to stay 
for a dance. There are many local 
people there. The band switches to 
rock music every bit as loud as in 
America. Young men dressed in 
jeans dance with girls in short 
dresses or denim skirts. Several men 
dance with each other; it is a 
strange sight. Irina says that women 
have their choice of men in this fron- 
tier town. Irina, two American 
women from the tour and I sip wine 
and watch the dancers. "Let's 
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us to dance with each other, she is 
sure that the men will cut in; she is 
right, we soon are paired off with 
young men, my partner a curly- 
haired youth in jeans and boots. He 
starts a conversation in halting 
French. When I tell him to speak 
Russian he is overjoyed. His Russian 
is heavily accented. He is from 
Moldavia, a Soviet Republic near 
Romania. High wages and a spirit of 
adventure lured this young man to 
the Far East. He is homesick and 
probably will not stay long. The 
dance ends at midnight: tomorrow is 
Monday and a workday. 

Next day, October 1, I roam on my 
own. Contrary to predictions from 
American and Russian immigrant 
friends, no one has watched me or 
prevented my talking to the natives 
throughout the trip. I have prepared 
for this outing: my camera is in my 
pocketbook. I am wearing a skirt, 
blouse and sweater and my wedding 
ring is on the right hand as is 
customary in Russia. 

Strolling in a park I meet an 
elderly man who starts a conversa- 
tion about the weather, telling me 
that Khabarovsk has a terrible 
climate. The fall is nice but winters 
are very cold: the temperature dips 
to zero in January. This is not bad 
for Russia, but coupled with severe 
winds and violent snowstorms, the 
cold is hard to bear. Monsoon rains 
come in the spring; all last summer 
it rained and the rivers flooded. The 
government does everything possible 
to lure young people — stores are 
adequately supplied with food and 
clothing and there is plenty of work. 
"It's great if you can stand the 
weather," says my new friend. "Are 
you from Latvia?" he asks. "Why 
Latvia?" I wonder. "You look like 
it, " says the old gentleman, glancing 
at me. "You have the light skin and 
blond hair." "Actually, I am from 
Poland." At least my statement is 
partly true. 

Moving on toward the shopping 
district, I note the stores doing brisk 
business; the lines are short and 
move fast. The bakery is well- 
stocked with bread, rolls and plain 
sugar cookies. I walk into a small 
clothing store that sells sweaters and 
jackets; there is a nice selection of 
leather jackets. I have not bought 
anything except newspapers, 
magazines and postcards in Russia, 
for shopping has been cumbersome 




Lake Baikal Area: Siberian village 
woman rinses her clothes. 




Lake Baikal Area: Russian Orthodox 
Church. 



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everywhere. Even here one has to 
make a selection first, pay the 
cashier, then present a receipt at the 
original counter — a three-step pro- 
cess. I do not feel like going through 
all that. I go into a fruit and 
vegetable store where people are 
buying apples, oranges and quite a 
variety of vegetables; so as not to be 
too conspicuous I buy some 
sunflower seeds, a very popular 
snack in Russia. My next stop is a 
little kiosk where newspapers and 
magazines are sold. I ask about a 
local paper (so far I have bought one 
everywhere). Now the sales clerk 
knows I am a stranger in town. 
"Which one of the Baltic Republics 
are you from?" he asks. "Poland," I 
reply. He laughs, "Poland is not a 
Soviet Republic." "Isn't it?" I ask. 

The following day we fly to 
Tashkent. I am eager to see Central 
Asia again. The flight takes seven 
hours, crossing three time zones. 
This time watches are moved back. 
Landing at the Tashkent airport, we 
step into sizzling 93° weather. When 
we departed from Khabarovsk the 
temperature was some 40 degrees 
cooler! By now I have a cold and 
almost everyone on our tour is 
coughing. 

Tashkent is the capital of the 
Uzbek Republic, also known as 
Uzbekistan. The fourth largest city 
in the USSR (after Moscow, Len- 
ingrad and Kiev), it has 2.8 million 
people. Uzbekistan has had many 
rulers — ancient Greeks, Tartars, 
Mongols, Turks and Russians. Cen- 
tral Asia was annexed by Imperial 
Russia in the 1860s. Tashkent, a 
bustling metropolis with many col- 
leges, several theaters and museums, 
is an industrial and commercial 
center. Heavily damaged by an 
earthquake in 1966, the city has 
been restored. 

Tashkent's indigenous population 
is Uzbek: the Uzbeks speak a 
language similar to Turkish. Racially 
they are a mixture of Mongols, Tar- 
tars and Turks, oriental in ap- 
pearance with yellow skins and dark 
hair and eyes. The short men are 
slightly build, women petite and 
delicate-looking. Uzbeks are 
Moslems. There are Uzbek and Rus- 
sian signs all over Tashkent. Red 
posters of Lenin with Uzbek inscrip- 
tions are a curious combination. 

Except for the Uzbek signs, the 
city looks much like an average 

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.At the market in Tashkent, an Uzbek woman sells dill. 



Soviet city, with row upon row of 
gray high-rise apartment and office 
buildings. I was in Tashkent in 1942 
and 1946, but nothing looks familiar 
now. One can tell Tashkent is in 
Central Asia because of its sub- 
tropical vegetation. Tall shade trees 
line most of the streets and irriga- 
tion canals flow through the city. Its 
numerous parks have roses, hibiscus, 
palms and cypress trees. 

Hotel Uzbekistan is a huge 
17-story white building, crowded 
with tourists from all the Western 
world, including Australia. Unfor- 
tunately the hotel appears to be 
poorly managed. Air conditioning 
cools only the lower levels, our 
eighth-floor room is hot. Television 
works only on the Uzbek channel 
and is of no use to me. After dark it 
cools off, allowing a good night's 
sleep. 

Our Uzbek guide is a little more 
mature than his predecessors, about 
35 years old. The highlight of our 
tour is the Museum of Decorative 
Arts, featuring richly colored hand- 
woven rugs, hand-embroidered 
tablecloths and jewel-encrusted 
robes. On the way back are several 
outdoor markets with a multitude of 
fruits and vegetables sold by Uzbek 
women dressed in colorful skirts, 
bright scarves and light-colored 
blouses. Men, wearing dark blue or 
black skullcaps embroidered with 
white thread, are selling barbecued 
lamb and chicken. Uzbek native 
clothes are very attractive. 



The Uzbeks unquestionably main- 
tain their cultural and ethnic identi- 
ty. While most who live in the cities 
speak Russian and Uzbek, Uzbek is 
the language they use at home. 
Uzbeks living in villages are less 
fluent in Russian. 

On the second day we visit a 
cotton-producing collective farm out- 
side Tashkent. Cotton fields stretch 
for miles. The little white flowers 
feel like the cotton bought in a drug 
store. Most of the collective farmers 
are Uzbek, living in mud huts with 
thatched roofs. The huts front on lit- 
tle courtyards enclosed by walls 
made of mud; from the road only 
the windowless backs of the houses 
are visible, which seems an awkward 
arrangement but provides privacy. 
The huts are wired for electricity 
but have no other conveniences. Our 
guide says that the local population 
likes to live in their own homes, 
preferring them to high rises. 

At the end of the tour the guide 
and I have a private talk in the hotel 
garden — it is not every day that he 
meets someone who lived in Frunze. 
His name is Talgat Akumbaev. He 
has lived in Tashkent all his life, but 
has traveled inside Russia quite a bit 
and spent some time in Poland dur- 
ing his army days. Talgat is more 
open than any other guide. Talking 
about life in U.S., Talgat asks if I 
find it easier than life in the Soviet 
Union. I reply that I would not have 
the energy to be a Soviet woman, 
describing my easy one-stop super- 
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Central Asian women in their native clothes. 



SSS.1 i " iv ill 




Kirghiz women in their native clolhos \ i>.it temples. 



market shopping, access to a car, 
time-saving electric appliances and 
disposable household articles such as 
paper plates and cups. He is very 
interested. 

A Soviet housew^ife does not have 
it easy. She shops several times a 
week in several stores. She must 
carry her groceries, as few people 
have cars. Her refrigerator is very 
small. Clothes dryers and dish- 
washers are scarce. Milk bottles and 
glass containers must be saved, as 
stores seldom provide them. Paper 
plates, cups and Kleenex are 
unknown. Talgat notes that Uzbek 
women raise an average of five 
children, in addition to being bread- 
winners and homemakers. Yet Talgat 
would not want to live anyplace else, 
Tashkent is his home. "If America 
stops this senseless arms race, we 
might catch up with the West in 
respect to consumer goods, " he 
says. We part, expressing hope for 
better USSR-USA relations. Talgat 
would like me to come back soon so 
that he can take me on one of his 
tours of Frunze. 

Our next stop is Samarkand, a city 
famous for its many Moslem temples 
and mausoleums. In the new In- 

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tourist Hotel we find a throng of 
Western tourists. Unfortunately, our 
accommodations are substandard. 
Water pipes leak, electric plugs 
come out of walls, cooking odors 
penetrate upper floors. In spite of 
plentiful food in Central Asia, the 
food served here is tasteless. Grapes, 
watermelons, tomatoes and mineral 
water sustain me. 

Samarkand, more than 2,000 years 
old, has a definite Mideastern flavor. 
Domes of Moslem temples and 
mausoleums dominate the skyline. 
Old blends with new: yellow and 
white apartment buildings with or- 
nate columns mix with ruins of mos- 
ques. One remarkable mausoleum 
called Gur-Emir, built in 1404 by a 
Mongol ruler, Tamerlane, is a well- 
preserved octagonal building topped 
with a 40-foot dome made of blue 
glazed brick. Many visitors from 
other corners of Central Asia come 
to see Samarkand. Young couples of 
Moslem background often tour the 
mosques and tombs on their wed- 
ding day. One wedding party on the 
grounds of Gur-Emir treats us to 
chocolate candy and graciously lets 
us snap their picture. All the 
mosques we see are museums — we 



are not shown one single working 
mosque. 

Before boarding a plane to 
Moscow, Pat and I see Giselle per- 
formed by the Samarkand Ballet 
Company. The concert hall is lovely, 
the dancers young and graceful — 
we enjoy the performance very 
much. 

On the plane to Moscow I meet a 
Soviet Army officer, a lieutenant col- 
onel in the medical corps. He is an 
Armenian on his way to Yerevan, the 
capital of Armenia. He is excited to 
meet an American woman and wants 
to talk. He asks if there is a Com- 
munist Party in the U.S. I tell him 
there is, but that it is very small and 
its influence on American politics is 
negligible. "I am a Communist, " he 
announces. "You mean you are a 
party member, " I interject. He is. 
Party membership has not hurt the 
doctor's career: at age 34 he has 
achieved a rather high military rank. 
He agrees that joining the party 
enhanced opportunities for advance- 
ment — he supports the party and 
accepts difficult assignments. He 
served in Laos and Vietnam with 
Soviet medical teams. 

The doctor believes the bad 
publicity the U.S. gets in the Soviet 
press. Soviet newspapers paint a 
grim picture of America: millions 
unemployed, homeless and hungry. I 
point out that America is not a 
perfect society, that we have social 
problems and discuss them openly. 
The Soviet press presents an un- 
balanced view of the U.S. and exag- 
gerates its problems. Very seldom 
are American accompHshments in 
the realm of science and technology 
mentioned. 

The conversation turns to 
American newspapers. My Armenian 
friend gets a little confused: "If the 
editorials express one point of view 
and the columnists another, what is 
the reader to think?" he asks. It is 
difficult for this obviously intelligent 
man to understand that an American 
reader makes up his own mind. A 
Soviet reader is told what to think. 
Russia has no tradition of free press 
— the Soviet government did not in- 
vent censorship, it was there long 
before the Revolution. There is, 
however, one significant difference: 
the Tsarist government did not for- 
bid travel abroad nor did it prevent 
Russians from reading foreign 
papers. Many Russians published in 

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the West and their books and ar- 
ticles were brought to their 
homeland. Lenin spent many years 
writing articles and pamphlets in 
western Europe and his writing in- 
spired the revolution at home. 

As we say goodbye, the doctor ex- 
presses hope for greater cultural ex- 
changes between our two countries. 
He would very much like to visit 
several U.S. hospitals. 

Back at the Cosmos hotel in 
Moscow and feeling utterly 
miserable, I go to see a doctor. A 
young dark-haired woman inquires 
about my symptoms. She looks in 
my throat and pronounces it in- 
flamed. The doctor gives me four 
prescriptions and some samples — 
two for the throat, cough tablets and 
aspirin. Apparently aspirin is not 
sold over the counter in Russia. I 
stand in four lines in a neighborhood 
drugstore. The doctor's visit was 
free; the medicine costs about four 
roubles ($5.20). I take the medicine 
and collapse in bed until dinner. 

Tonight is our tour's last night 
together. We present Irina with 
several English books and a bottle of 
perfume. A spokesman for the group 
tells her how much we enjoyed her 
as our guide. She appreciates the 
gifts. She enjoyed the tour too: it is 
not every day she gets to visit 
Siberia. I wish she were a little 
more personal in her remarks. I feel 
terrible so I say my goodbyes early. 
Irina and I hug. She hopes I will 
come back soon. 

On October 8 Pat and I leave 
Moscow. Giving Pat's luggage a 
passing glance, the customs clerk 
chooses me for a thorough search. 
The clerk goes through every piece 
of my luggage, my pocketbook and 
coat pockets — looking for gold, or 
so she says. She finds nothing 
suspicious. Again I hear from the 
passport control clerk that I do not 
look hke my picture. This time I 
lose patience and say: "It's too bad. 
This passport is good for 10 more 
years and I am not getting another 
picture until 1995!" The clerk looks 
at me in disbelief and lets me go. 

As the Aeroflot takes off for 
Helsinki, I breathe a sigh of relief. I 
have a strange feeling that I have 
been cut off from the world, I do 
not know what has been happening. 
Everywhere I went in Russia I read 
newspapers, but I only know a few 
disconnected facts: the U.S. East 



Coast was hit by hurricane Gloria; 
Gorbachev visited France and was 
received as a leader of a great coun- 
try by President Mitterand (the 
papers did not tell me what the two 
leaders discussed); the Soviet 
Foreign Minister Sheverdnadze 
visited Washington and met with 
Secretary of State Shultz. "Their 
talks were useful, " but I have no 
idea what they talked about. Soviet 
papers are thin, they consist of four 
or five pages. Foreign news is buried 
on the back pages. I plan to catch 
up on world news in Finland. 

During a two-day stay in Finland I 
buy the European editions of the 
Herald Tribune and Time magazine 
and gain a better idea of what hap- 
pened in the world during my visit 
to the USSR. I also satisfy my crav- 
ing for orange juice and perked cof- 
fee, both unavailable in Russia. 

Having had several months to 
reflect on my recent experiences in 
the Soviet Union, I am amazed how 
little some things have changed. Life 
in rural Russia is almost as primitive 
as it was in the 1940s. Shortages of 
consumer goods persist. People in 
the cities are dressed better — by 
and large they have adopted Western 
styles in clothing. The housing situa- 
tion is a little better, most families 
now have their own living quarters. 

Throughout my travels I found the 
constant presence of political slogans 
and Lenin's pictures on public 
buildings very annoying. The Soviet 
people live with slogans and pay lit- 
tle attention to them. Lenin remains 
their most durable hero. 

The people of the Soviet Union 
are more relaxed now than in the 
1940s. The reign of terror is oven A 
Soviet citizen who completely 
accepts the system may live in peace 
now. 

It is clear to me that the Soviet 
people support their government. At 
the time I was in Russia, they did 
not yet know much about Gorbachev, 
but had high hopes for the future. 
The Soviets at this point do not 
want radical changes in their system. 
They do not long for Western-style 
democracy. Unquestionably they 
want peace. In spite of the bad 
publicity the United States gets in 
the Soviet press, the people of the 
USSR are friendly to Americans. 
They are also interested in our 
country. 

I am determined to go back to 



Russia in a few years and hope that 
the relations between our two na- 
tions will improve. We must find a 
way to coexist peacefully. D 




Mausoleum Gur-Emir. Samarkand 



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You Can Do It! 

By Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 




Nannette and husband, Bill, preparing 
a house specialty: So. Georgia B-BQ. 



One of the most talked about 
phenomena in our society today is 
the changing role of women. The 
media reports unceasingly on every 
aspect of women in the work force 
— statistics, marital status, educa- 
tion and achievements, to name a 
few. We read about day-care centers 
and housekeepers. We consider 
quality of time spent with children 
as opposed to full-time mothering, 
and its effects on the formative 
years. We learn that working 
mothers feel positive but somewhat 
guilty about their relationships with 
their children and that children 
whose mothers work are more inde- 
pendent, responsible and mature. 

We become aware of stress, sexual 
harrassment, the old boy network, 
the lack of female senior managers 
or corporate directors. We admire 
those Super Women who want it all, 
get it all and cope with it all — 
perfect children, supportive and 
unthreatened husbands, wardrobes 
without mistakes in all the right col- 
ors, fingernails all the same length 
and six-figure salaries. We respect 
the women who have decided not to 
be perfect and are helping to kill off 
the Super Woman myth. 

All of this attention could be 
intimidating to a woman interested 
in joining or returning to the work- 
place after a number of years at 
home. Statistics and surveys can 
prove anything, but it is true that 
only 2% of the senior managers in 
Fortune 500 companies are women. 
Of those 2%, 70% have no children. 
Women with MBAs take home only 
80% of the figure their male 
counterparts enjoy. 

But things are changing. Thirty- 
seven percent of the MBA can- 
didates at Northwestern 's Kellogg 
School of Management are women 
and percentages at other professional 
schools continue to rise. And good 
news for those of us who have 
reached that fortieth birthday water- 



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shed: the mature look is in. Consider 
Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Elizabeth 
Taylor and the Golden Girls. A 
modicum of gray hair creates respect 
and suggests experience to 
employers these days, especially 
those who have read the surveys in- 
dicating that older women are more 
productive than younger ones 
because of fewer distractions. 

Women college graduates of the 
'80s seem undaunted by the media 
and its quest to scrutinize the work- 
ing woman. After all, they did not 
just "get jobs" following graduation; 
they placed their Pappagalloed feet 
on career paths while wearing tidy 
suits and little bow ties. And they 
seem to be successful at being 
whatever they want to be, with the 
assurance and confidence of those 
who know that they can compete 
with anyone, anywhere, at any level. 
They are professionals. I look at my 
daughter — Colgate '84 — and ad- 
mire the spirit and commitment. I 
am impressed daily by the gumption, 
drive and competitiveness of the 
younger women with whom I work. 

As I look back on my entry into 
the job market 11 years ago at age 
40, I marvel at the changes in my 
life, my attitude and my expecta- 
tions. I have been stretched, 
challenged, flattened and fleshed out 
again by circumstances, people and 
opportunities. By some I am con- 
sidered knowledgeable on the real 
estate industry as a vertical market 
with emphasis on training vehicles 
and computers. That piece of infor- 
mation probably amazes my Class of 
'57 classmates as much as it does 
me. 

This article contains the story of 
my arrival at that dubious distinction 
and some observations based on the 
experience. They are offered with 
the hope that some readers will find 
them a useful preparation for the 
workday world and that others will 
nod their heads, saying, "Yes, that is 

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the way it is." 

My first steps certainly were not 
very assured or confident. My 
children were teenagers, my husband 
a marketing executive and I was 
busy, busy with finite volunteer pro- 
jects which were useful, enjoyable 
and time-consuming. In the mid- 
seventies Boston had more than its 
share of young professional women. 
Many of the members of my 
volunteer committees in their 20s 
and 30s had interesting full or part- 
time jobs. More and more of my 



working six and seven days a week, 
not to mention evenings. But as the 
commission checks increased, so did 
my confidence, assurance and com- 
mitment to being successful. My 
cocktail conversation began to 
include mortgage rates and equity 
financing. I learned to deal with 
bankers, lawyers, appraisers, 
builders and the fascinating, 
sometimes maddening people who 
became my clients. 

When we moved back to Chicago, 
I decided to look for a selling job 




Nannette (far left): Director, Marketing Services 



friends and acquaintances were 
working or seriously thinking about 
it. We looked at ourselves and said, 
"Why not take our talents and skills 
to the marketplace and see what 
they are worth?" 

After all, I had an excellent educa- 
tion and had raised considerable 
amounts of money for numerous pro- 
jects. Unfortunately for my self- 
esteem, volunteer work was con- 
sidered fun time. There was a need 
in me to be recognized as an 
individual achieving something 
meaningful on my own, not as an 
extension of my family or my 
husband. 

The first job was right in the town 
of Wellesley, Massachusetts, only 
about a mile from our house. I 
believed I had to be available to my 
children if they needed me and 
becoming a REALTOR® with a local 
firm seemed ideal. As an indepen- 
dent contractor, I could work when I 
wanted to and still fulfill my roles as 
wife, mother, hostess, volunteer, etc. 
etc. 

That na'iVete vanished very quick- 
ly. Being a REALTOR® is demand- 
ing and being a really successful one 
is really demanding. Volunteer hours 
seemed restful after a few months of 

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that could lead into management 
instead of staying in real estate. So 
the cycle of newspaper ad/send 
resume/interviews began, which 
holds such an unshakeable control 
over our lives. Every interview was 
conducted by a young man with a 
mustache, usually in his 30s, wear- 
ing a three-piece suit. Though I had 
carefully left my graduation date off 
my resume, I am certain each inter- 
viewer figured out fairly quickly that 
the interviewee was older than he. 
The favorite comment was, "Real 
estate? Oh, you've never sold a pro- 
duct." I had foolishly considered 
homes products and that selling 
skills are selling skills. Executive 
recruiters were not receptive even 
though my earnings were high 
because I had no "real" managerial 
experience. (Vice-chairing the Boston 
Junior League Show House wasn't a 
managerial feat?) Pure stubbornness 
kept the search rolling. 

One day I noticed a large blue 
"R" outside the building at 430 
North Michigan Avenue in 
downtown Chicago. THE 
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF 
REALTORS® ! The headquarters of 
the trade association I belonged to. 
Why not look in? The Human 



Resources people were welcoming — 
after all, I was a member. It seems 
that there was a new sales position 
to market several products nationally 
to REALTORS® . So I was ushered 
into the office of the vice president 
of marketing for one of the associa- 
tion's affiliates or subsidiaries for an 
interview. Oh yes — mustache, 30s, 
three-piece suit. 

Suddenly those years in real estate 
became a valuable credential. I knew 
the buzz words and understood the 
people who would be my customers. 
We had a match and I learned very 
quickly about the glamor of execu- 
tive travel. Every other week for 
about six months I was on the road. 
Generally I left on Monday and 
came back on Friday, renting a car 
and living out of the trunk as I 
moved from city to city and motel to 
motel in a particular area. In addi- 
tion, I attended state REALTOR® 
conventions, making presentations. 
Believe me, I missed my lovely 
home, my comfy bedroom and my 
husband! The delayed or canceled 
airplanes, the rented cars in poor 
repair, the airline food and the has- 
sle were all balanced by the inter- 
esting people, the new cities and the 
sales. My address book contains 
names of good friends met during 
the travels over the years from 
Huntsville to San Diego, from 
Toronto to Mexico City. There is, 
however, part of travel that never 
changes, and that is the desire to be 
home instead of where you are at 
the end of the day. 

Fortunately this peripatetic 
existence changed when I was pro- 
moted to sales management, and in 
1983 I moved to the NATIONAL 
ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® 
— the largest trade association in 
the world with 720,000 members - 
and became the marketing director 
for office computers. Currently I am 
director of marketing services, prin- 
cipally developing marketing plans 
and strategies for all products and 
services offered by the association 
for its members. 

The direction this six-year journey 
took did not just happen. Timing 
and serendipity, training and exper- 
ience helped, of course, but I like to 
think that my liberal arts 
background was a major reason. 
There is power in knowing that 
answers to questions are available, if 
you know how to use a card catalog. 

Sweet Briar College 



read, use some deductive reasoning 
and, if all else fails, ask an expert 
for assistance. That same deductive 
reasoning has illuminated difficult 
decisions, providing insight into 
never-before-encountered situations 
and personalities. A few interesting 
theorems have grown out of this pro- 
cess, and have served me well 
enough to be guiding axioms now. 
They are not scholarly, nor are they 
clever, innovative or even terribly 
original. Many of you probably have 
arrived at the same conclusions, but 
for those who are considering enter- 
ing the work force, a review might 
offer a shortcut. 

"Expect to pay dues." No one 
walks off the street and becomes an 
instant success without paying dues. 
Everyone learns, fails, strives, wor- 
ries, battles and finally succeeds to 
repeat the cycle again. It is required. 
A look at recent women MBAs and 
attorneys suggests that there is an 
easier path compared with 15 years 
ago. Yet there are women who have 
risen from the secretarial pool of 30 
years ago who think that promotions 
come too fast for those who arrived 
on the scene 10 years ago. Now that 
there are more opportunities and 
more choices, setting priorities and 
trade-offs among career/family/ 
children is even more difficult. 
Prices are paid for success. The 
individual has to decide if the return 
on the investment of self is worth it. 

"Be prepared." Not only the Boy 
Scouts' Marching Song (remember 
Tom Lehrer?), but the watchword of 
a successful executive. Frederick the 
Great said (I paraphrase), "Being 
defeated is not a disgrace; being sur- 
prised is." Know as much as you can 
know in any situation, consider 
every alternative, the worst case, the 
best case and read the people 
involved. Being prepared allows you 
to take calculated risks. But be 
prepared to be surprised. Even 
excellent research does not 
guarantee clairvoyance. Occasionally, 
surprise others. 

"Be prepared to face discrimina- 
tion." The most disheartening and 
frustrating acts are those performed 
unwittingly by lip-service feminists, 
exhibiting a total lack of sensitivity. 
The blatant chauvinists are the 
easiest to deal with, since they 
embarrass everyone except 
themselves. 

"Shop for space." This admonition 



was uttered frequently by Harriet 
Rogers to me over 30 years ago 
while I desperately maintained "the 
galloping position" atop one of 
Sweet Briar's school horses. The 
beast was tearing around the riding 
ring (actually at a sedate trot) as I 
was seeking room among the other 
very large horses. Looking ahead 
and planning is not only part of 
being prepared; it is vital to setting 
expectations, goals and objectives for 
yourself that are attainable. Shop for 
mental space as well. Close the 
workday world out when you can, 
preferably all weekend, to enjoy your 
family and your friends and recharge 
your batteries. The problems have a 
way of becoming opportunities when 
you give them a little space. 

"Politics is a dirty word." Don't 
believe anyone who says, "I don't 
play politics." Politics is the art of 
the possible and an honorable one. 
Try to understand the corporate 
culture existing around you and the 
present power base to avoid sur- 
prises that can be devastating. There 
is nothing evil or Machiavellian 
about knowing the players and 
understanding their positions in the 
corporate game. Take the initiative 
and invite co-workers, including men, 
to lunch, to take a walk at noon, to 
play sports. Visibility is crucial; they 
need to know you and you need to 
know them. 

"Change is inevitable." Heraclitus 
the Obscure, a Greek philosopher, 
explained his belief in the fifth cen- 
tury B. C. and it was explained to 
me in Classical Civilization at Sweet 
Briar. Nowadays we say, "Go with 
the flow," which would please 
Heraclitus, since he based his views 
on the passage of water as it meets 
obstacles and changes course. The 
message is to accept change and be 
flexible in dealing with it. Careers 
can crash and burn because indi- 
viduals fail to change a management 
style in response to a change in cir- 
cumstances and personalities. Learn 
to tack — but without compromising 
your standards. Change is demand- 
ing, but today's woman is handling 
evolving, shifting responsibilities bet- 
ter and better. 

Change can be comforting as well 
as challenging. Change can offer 
another chance and another oppor- 
tunity to use the experience gained 
in a similar situation. Count on 
change and make it a friend. 



Cognitive flexibility leads to an 
objective understanding of limita- 
tions and strengths, which provides 
the necessary confidence and 
assurance to take a deep breath and 
plunge in. It helps enormously to 
have your family, your husband, a 
friend, a boss say, "You can do it." 
Even achievers and eagles need the 
wind beneath their wings. 

Women achievers in the workplace 
are no longer a news story. There 
are too many nowadays for readers 
and listeners to be surprised. Any 
and all could have written this arti- 
cle with diverse perspectives. 
Women have always been quiet 
achievers; the accomplishments are 
simply in a more visible, competitive 
arena with financial measures of 
success. The challenges are there 
and the choices increase geometrical- 
ly as more opportunities are seized. 
Choose your way by chance or by 
design, and with compliments to 
Robert Frost, it will make a dif- 
ference that you could never 
imagine. D 



Nannette Crowdus is Director, 
Marketing Services for the 
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF 
REALTORS® in Chicago where she 
is responsible for directing marketing, 
planning, research and consulting 
efforts for all products and services 
developed by the National Association 
for its members. A Phi Beta Kappa 
magna cum laude graduate of Sweet 
Briar College, she was a history ma- 
jor As a senior she was co-author of 
the Senior Show, feature editor for 
The Briar Patch and editor of The 
Sweet Briar News. From 1962-67 she 
was class secretary and from 1972-81 
she served on the Sweet Briar Alum- 
nae Board, first as Region VII chair- 
man (1972-74), then as scholarship 
chairman (1974-77) and nominating 
chairman (1977-81). 



Alumnae Magazine 



23 



Annual Report of the Vice President 
for Business Affairs and Treasurer 



By Thomas N. Connors 



In preparing the annual report for 
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1986, 
I could not help but look at last 
year's report which was written by 
my good friend and predecessor, 
Peter Daniel. Peter remarked that he 
felt mixed emotions as he wrote his 
last of 32 such reports for the Col- 
lege. I, too, have mixed emotions as 
I prepare to summarize Peter's last 
year at the fiscal helm of the College 
for you. Peter's wonderful steward- 
ship of the College's financial 
resources will be hard to follow but I 
am certainly excited about the 
challenge. 



Total assets of the College on June 
30, 1986 were $69,788,000 compared 
to $62,820,000 for the previous year: 
an increase of $6,968,000 or 11%. 
The major factor that led to this in- 
crease was the very strong growth in 
the market value of the College's 
Endowment Fund which increased 
$6,000,000 to the $40 million level. 
Total revenues of the College were 
up $1,280,000 or 9.6% while total 
College expenditures reflected a 
smaller increase resulting in another 
successful year for the operations of 
the College. All in all, Peter's last 
year was one of the strongest finan- 
cial years in the College's history. 



Current Funds Revenues, Expenditures 

and Other Changes 

June 30, 1986 



1985 1986 

Amount % Amount % 



Revenues: 

Tuition and fees 

Federal grants 

State grants 

Private gifts & grants 

Endowment income 

Sales & serv-.-educ. depts 

Other sources 

Sales & serv.-auxl. enter. 

TOTAL REVENUES 



$5,273,000 

184,000 

148,000 

1,426,000 

2,132,000 

94,000 

681,000 

3,336,000 



40% 

1 

1 
11 
16 

1 

5 
25 



$5,939,000 

176,000 

200,000 

1,420,000 

2,225,000 

65,000 

609,000 

3,920,000 



41% 

1 

1 
10 
15 

1 

4 
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$13,274,000 100 $14,554,000 100 



Expenditures & Other Changes: 
Educational and general: 
Instruction 
Research 

Academic support 
Student services 
Institutional support 
Oper. & Mtce. of plant 
Scholarships 

TOTAL EDUCATIONAL 



$3,238,000 33% $3,416,000 32% 



251,000 3 

951,000 10 

1,068,000 11 

1.874,000 19 

1,187,000 12 

1,160,000 12 



163,000 
1,085,000 
1,263,000 
1,862,000 
1,448,000 
1,336,000 



1 
10 
12 
18 
14 
13 



AND GENERAL 


9,729,000 100 


10,573,000 


Auxiliary enterprises 


3,217,000 


3,655,000 




12,946,000 


14,228,000 


Other Net Changes in Current 






LInrestricted Funds: 






Net transfer to unexpended 






plant funds 


37,000 


247.000 


Net transfer to endowment 






fund 


101,000 


74,000 


Net transfer to allocated 






current unrestricted funds 


231,000 


13,000 


Net transfer from current 






unrestricted funds 


(41,000) 


(8,000) 



And so fiscal year 1985-86 is also 
history and we must now address 
the current fiscal year, 1986-87. We 
look forward to a very challenging 
and innovative year in which Sweet 
Briar enters into an era of strategic 
planning for the future. The next 12 
months will be very exciting as the 
entire Sweet Briar community plans 
the future direction of the College; a 
time when prospective student pools 
are declining in number and chang- 
ing in character. I am just very hap- 
py to be able to play a part in the 
shaping of this wonderful College's 
future. D 



Balance Sheet 
June 30, 1986 



1985 



TOTAL EXPENDITURES & 



OTHER CHANGES 



$13,274,000 



$14,554,000 



Assets 

Current Assets: 
Cash 

Investments 
Receivables 
Inventory 
Deferred expenditures 

Total current assets 

Plant and equipment 

Other Assets: 
Interfund receivables 
Investments 
Notes receivable 



Liabilities and Fund Balances 

Current Liabilities: 
Payables 

Advance student fees and 
deferred income 

Total current liabilities 

Other Liabilities: 
Interfund payables 
Bonds payable 

Total liabilities 

Fund Balances: 

Current unrestricted funds 
Current restricted funds 
Loan funds 

Endowment and similar funds 
Annuity funds 
Unexpended plant funds 
Retirement of indebtedness funds 
Investment in plant funds 



1986 



$407,000 


$339,000 


16,171,000 


22,851,000 


1,240,000 


742,000 


160.000 


164,000 


260,000 


118,000 


18,238,000 


24,214,000 


20,102,000 


20,781,000 


2,733,000 


2,091,000 


20,881,000 


21,806,000 


866,000 


896,000 


$62,820,000 


$69,788,000 


$1,932,000 


$1,139,000 


359,000 


360,000 


2,291,000 


1,499,000 


2,733,000 


2,091,000 


2,575,000 


2,475.000 


7,599,000 


6.065,000 


4,765,000 


4,779,000 


1,816,000 


1,799,000 


938.000 


1.004,000 


26,322.000 


33,935,000 


68,000 


127.000 


3,462,000 


3,436,000 




13.000 


17,850,000 


18,630.000 


$62,820,000 


$69,788,000 



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Sweet Briar College 



1985-86 TOTAL INCOME 




Auxiliary 
Enterprises 



1985-86 EDUCATIONAL 

AND GENERAL EXPENSE 



Institutional 
Support 



Student 
Services 



Academic 
Support 



Research 
1 .0% 




Instruction 



Scholarships 



ENDOWMENT DOLLAR VALUE 



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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 



60 



62 



64 



66 



68 70 


72 
YEAR 


74 76 


MarKet 




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L«««.»«™J 




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78 



80 



82 



84 



86 



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COMPARISON OF EDUCATIONAL & GENERAL 
EXPENSE WITH TUITION INCOME 




70 72 74 

YEAR 

E.&g Tuition 



78 



80 



82 



84 



86 



Alumnae Magazine 



25 



Working Mothers and Their Children 

By Catherine H. C. Seaman 
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Sweet Briar College 



Women, especially mothers, are in 
the news today. The images are not 
always flattering. For example. The 
Washington Post (November 9, 1986) 
published a news article under the 
headline "Modern Moms: Bringing 
Down Baby?" For the most part, 
the article reports the effects of 
group day-care centers on very 
young infants. However, blaming 
moms attracts readers. Not long 
before this, a major television net- 
work produced a news documentary 
entitled "Working Mothers: Who 
Wins, Who Loses? " Again, mothers 
are the issue. It is unlikely that the 
network will ever produce "Working 
Fathers: Who Wins, Who Loses? " 
or that the newspaper will publish 
the headline "Modern Moms: Bring- 
ing Up Baby." It is not news when 
fathers work; neither is it news 
when mothers bring up baby — that 
is what society expects. 

What is "news" today is the sup- 
port of something quite old: the 
traditional pro-natal, pro-homemaker 
ideology. Deeply rooted in American 
society, this ideology persists in the 
face of the society's anti-natal 
behavior, demonstrated by the 
decline of the birthrate from 4.5 
children in 1870 to 1.8 in 1980. To- 
day even the most fervent pro-natal 
persons seldom have 15 children, 
estimated to be the biological max- 
imum for a group of women (Weeks, 
1986:84). The decline in the birth- 
rate, together with employment op- 
portunities for women outside the 
home, allows and even enjoins 
modern mothers to work. Over half 
of the mothers do so now and by 
1990 it is estimated that 75% will be 
employed in the work force. 
Although the nation benefits from 
mothers' employment, it does little 
to develop a national child care 
policy to assist working mothers and 
protect the nation's rising generation 
of citizens. It is easier, cheaper in 
the short run, to force parents to 
find their own child care and to 
blame mothers if arrangements are 
not ideal. 

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The pressures to work for pay, 
together with the ideology that con- 
demns "working" mothers, create 
complex dilemmas for women. They 
are forced to assess the benefits they 
and their families gain when they 
work for pay. 



D What is a working mother? 

In our society, the concept of work 
has a dualistic meaning. It is a ra- 
tional means to achieve a material- 
istic goal and it has a moral value — 
it is good to work. It is especially 
good to be paid to work. This 
explains in part why "working 
mothers" and "modern moms" both 
refer to mothers who work outside 
the home for pay. Mothers who 
work at home don't really "work." 
Yet most mothers have always 
worked. It is society's view of work, 
and the differential prestige assigned 
to the work of women in the 
domestic sphere, that creates a 
dilemma. 

The oldest work of women was no 
doubt similar to that found in con- 
temporary hunting and gathering 
societies — women work to gather 
wild plants and distribute this food 
primarily to their individual families. 
It is a task so crucial that customs 
arise to insure a spacing of children 
to allow mothers to work: it is dif- 
ficult to carry more than one small 
child on gathering expeditions. In 
contrast, men's work as hunters 
takes them outside the domestic do- 
main. In addition, the successful 
hunter distributes the meat he has 
produced throughout the band, not 
within his family alone. He is "paid" 
when another successful hunter 
shares his meat with the band. The 
public nature of men's production 
and distribution brings men prestige. 
The same principle seems to operate 
in our own society. Society expects 
men to work outside the home, and 
rewards them for doing so. Mothers 
who work without pay in the home 
apparently are not considered to be 
working. Mothers "work" only when 



they, like men, work for pay outside 
the home. 

□ Are mothers who work out- 
side the home healthier and 
happier? 

Numerous research publications 
over the last ten years or so suggest 
that women who work outside the 
home are psychologically and 
physically healthier and happier. 
Birnbaum (1975) reports data from a 
study which compared the self- 
esteem and feelings of three groups 
of well-educated women. One group 
had been graduated with honors 
from the University of Michigan 15 
to 25 years earlier and had subse- 
quently married, had children and 
stayed home. The second group of 
women had earned the Ph.D. or 
M.D., married, had children and 
worked as faculty members at the 
University of Michigan. The third 
group also had earned the Ph.D. or 
M.D and were employed as faculty 
members, but had remained single. 
Of the three groups, the home- 
makers who had never worked out- 
side the home reported having the 
lowest self-esteem, feeling the most 
lonely, the least attractive, the least 
happy with their marriages and the 
least competent, even at child care. 
These findings seem to support the 
earlier data of Bernard, reported in 
her book The Future of Marriage 
(1972), which indicated that women 
suffer if their sole identity is wife 
and mother — they are unhealthier 
and endure more depression. Their 
husbands, in contrast, have an ad- 
vantage over both their wives and 
single men — they are healthier and 
happier and more likely than single 
men to have better jobs with higher 
pay 

Studies in the '80s seem to con- 
firm earlier findings. A combination 
of marriage and employment is 
advantageous for women. In 1984 
Gore and Manigione reported data 
obtained from the study of a random 
sample of 1,111 men and women in 
Boston. One purpose of the study 

Sweet Briar College 



was to determine why women had 
higher rates of depression than men. 
Findings indicated that the dif- 
ference could be accounted for by 
the fact that men were nearly twice 
as likely as women to be working 
full-time and married. As Tavris and 
Wade note (1984:280), work outside 
the home for pay seems to give 
women a sense of mastery that mar- 
riage and children alone do not pro- 
vide. Many housewives seem to 
experience a loss of esteem and feel- 
ings of helplessness, hopelessness 
and depression because there is no 
reward for the job they do at home 
and because they are socially 
isolated and financially dependent on 
their husbands. 

However, it is unlikely that feel- 
ings alone account for the rise in the 
number of women in the work force. 
The economic position of families 
and the availability of jobs in the 
service sector may be powerful fac- 
tors that attract women to the work 
force. 

n The family income 

The entry of women into the work 
force is the most important factor 
that affects family incomes today. In 
fact two incomes enabled many 
households to maintain their stan- 
dard of living during the inflation of 
the '70s. Today the young middle 
class family must deal with the 
threat of downward mobility because 
material rewards for the family, such 
as a house, vacations and college for 
children, have become more difficult 
to obtain. It is small wonder that 
more and more mothers work for 
pay. Half of the mothers with small 
children under one year of age work 
today — a 95% increase since 1970. 
The rise in the numbers of mothers 
at work raises questions about child 
care. What is the effect of the 
employment of parents on very 
young children? 

D Assessing the effect of 
mothers in the work force on 
children 

Numerous publications report 
research data on the effect of work- 
ing mothers on their children. 
However, Howell (1973) alerts us to 
the prejudice against working 
mothers found in much of the 
literature. Following an extensive 
review of the research literature, she 
concludes that deep-seated beliefs 

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and prejudice fog the entire issue. 
She cites one researcher who began 
his report with the statement that he 
had always believed maternal 
employment to be a potent factor in 
producing maladjustment among 
children. Other researchers related 
maternal employment to data from 
the study of children separated from 
their mothers and families under 
special circumstances. For instance, 
they utilized studies of children in 
orphanages; children separated dur- 
ing distressing circumstances such 
as the serious illnesses of mother or 
child, or even the mother's death; or 
separation of children from families 
during time of war. As Howell notes, 
these studies have little to do with 
ordinary conditions of parenting by 
employed mothers who are with 
their children all but eight to ten 
hours of the day, five days of the 
week. 

Howell also found that many 
studies confounded maternal employ- 
ment with many other variables such 
as poverty, social class, single-parent 
family life and undesirable or 
unavailable child care facilities. 
Moreover, researchers defined 
"maternal employment" in many dif- 
ferent ways. Some counted any 
employment of the mother, whether 
part or full-time, during any time of 
the child's life. Finally, she noted 
that numerous weaknesses in the 
research designs produced spurious 
data. 

Howell suggests several points to 
keep in mind when examining the 
effect of maternal employment on 
children. First, "ideal" child care 
cannot be defined, since needs vary 
with family and the age and per- 
sonality of the child. Second, 
positive, effects of maternal employ- 
ment are more likely to occur if the 
mother is supported by family 
members and finds satisfaction in 
work outside the home. 

Howell also suggests that certain 
precautions should be kept in mind. 
Child care is expensive and good 
child care may be difficult to find. In 
addition, there are times in the 
development of a child when stress 
is already present. During these 
periods, changes in caretaking 
should be avoided. Nevertheless, 
maternal employment per se should 
not have a single and uniform effect 
on the lives of children. Other inter- 
vening variables such as the style of 



child-rearing may be critical. No one 
is a good mother by instinct — there 
is no assurance that a parent who 
stays at home will have a better 
style of child-rearing than one who 
works outside the home. 

Rosenfeld's article "Modern 
Moms: Bringing Down Baby?" is a 
more sensational assessment of child 
care. The article actually focuses on 
the effects of day care for the very 
young children of working mothers. 
Yet the headline produces an image 
of all mothers of today: "modern 
moms" (but not modern fathers) 
bring all of their babies "down" — 
whatever form of child care the 
mothers utilize, whatever the age of 
their children. Those who go on to 
read the subheadings — "Insecure 
Babies, " "Nervous Experts" and 
"No Ax Murderers" — are not 
reassured. 

However, a careful reading of the 
article presents a somewhat more 
balanced view. Rosenfeld devotes 
most of the space to psychologists 
who utilize the "nurture" theory of 
attachment to express alarm over the 
effects of of day care on very young 
infants. Yet she does cite biologically- 
oriented psychologists who believe 
the importance of mother in early 
childhood is "grossly exaggerated, 
largely by Freudians with a cultural 
agenda to keep women at home full- 
time. " Beyond the disparate 
theoretical approaches, Rosenfeld 
raises the question of the respon- 
sibility of politicians and employers 
to assure availability of child care for 
working parents. 

n Is there a national respon- 
sibility to assist with child 
care? 

Rosenfeld suggests that most 
politicians and employers are 
unhelpful in solving the problems of 
the care of children in the United 
States. She writes that conservative 
politicians would solve the problem 
by removing women from the work 
force altogether, ignoring the ques- 
tion of how women who must work 
in order to eat will be protected 
from starvation. Other politicians 
simply avoid the problem by crying 
"Sweden! Socialism!". Employers, for 
the most part, are shortsighted in 
that they do not see how childrear- 
ing is their problem. They ignore 
their own long-term self-interest 
which requires the kind of child care 

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which will produce future genera- 
tions of workers who are competent, 
responsible, ethical, drug-free and 
mentally healthy. 

A decade ago, Safilion-Rothschild 
(1975) reported an examination of 
women's occupational options in 23 
countries at various levels of 
economic development. Support of 
working mothers tended to fall into 
two categories. In the first category 
were the nations that provide no 
systemwide professional help or day 
care for working mothers, in spite of 
the fact that many mothers work 
outside the home: the United States, 
Canada, Argentina, numerous Euro- 
pean nations, Japan and Australia. 
The cultural values, ignoring the 
reality of women in paid employ- 
ment, stated that children need their 
mothers and that child care is a full- 
time occupation. The ideology 
legitimated the lack of support for 
child care in the face of the increas- 
ing numbers of working mothers. 
Nations that assist with child care 
include the Scandinavian countries, 
Finland, Hungary, Poland, the Soviet 
Union and China. Even here, the 
focus was more often on how to get 
women out of the home and into the 
work force, rather than how to pro- 
vide adequate assistance. In addi- 
tion, during times of economic rever- 
sal, support weakened. 

In the absence of national or com- 
munity support, the most likely sup- 
port for the working mother should 
be her spouse, if she has one. How 
much assistance can a mother who 
works outside the home expect from 
her spouse who also works? 

D Fathers and husbands: what 
is their responsibility? 

Fathers and families benefit 
economically when mothers work, 
since two incomes appear to be the 
only way many families maintain 
their standard of living. However, 
most fathers seem to hold to tradi- 
tional roles even when their wives 
must adapt to changing roles. For 
example, a married father has one 
role, his work role, while a working 
mother has two. She works in paid 
employment in the work force, and 
works again when she comes home, 
in the domestic area. Not many 
husbands and fathers assume the 
role of co-homemaker when their 
wives work. Few take on the added 
responsibilities of housework and 



few increase the time spent with 
children, calculated to be only about 
12 minutes per day. Recent studies 
indicate that men are doing more to 
help, but liking it less. Blumstein 
and Schwartz (1983) report that 
husbands who participate in the 
tasks of family life feel more compe- 
tent and involved as fathers, but may 
be less happy and less satisfied with 
marriage. In addition, men may feel 
like losers if their role of the pro- 
vider declines and they may exper- 
ience a loss of power and status as 
their wife's ability to make decisions 
increases. 

D Summary 

We are living in times of great 
change. Women are in the news 
because their roles as working 
mothers are changing faster than the 
values of society. In the face of a 
traditional pro-natal, pro-homemaker 
ideology, women are having fewer 
children and working more in paid 
employment. Mothers who are paid 
to work outside the home seem to 
be healthier and happier than those 
who work as unpaid homemakers. 
The declining birthrate allows 
mothers to work, while paid employ- 
ment brings prestige and the 
possibility of a higher standard of 
living. However, mothers receive the 
bulk of the blame for problems 
associated with the care of children, 
especially the use of day care 
centers for very young children. In 
fact, sensational headlines seem to 
scapegoat mothers. Howell advises 
us to evaluate carefully the research 
which purposes to explain the effect 
of mothers in the work force on 
children — prejudice and poor 
research practices led to spurious 
data. At the same time, she warns 
that good child care is expensive and 
difficult to find, and that changes in 
child care may add to the stress of 
children at critical times. 

Politicians and employers in the 
United States and elsewhere either 
close their eyes to the changes in the 
status of working women or take a 
shortsighted view of their own 
interests in addressing the problems 
of child care. Whatever the arrange- 
ment for child care, working mothers 
must fill two working roles, one in 
paid employment and the other at 
home. Husbands apparently are 
adjusting slowly to the considerable 
changes in home life, but as their 



roles of house husband and child 
caretaker increase, so, evidently, do 
their dissatisfactions with marriage. 
Change seems inevitable. Changes 
in one part of a system always pro- 
duce changes in all parts of the 
system. While societies seem to 
change through existing institutions, 
institutional change may be uneven. 
Less powerful elements (women and 
children) may bear the brunt of 
change, but all of the social system 
eventually must be involved. D 




Catherine H.C. Seaman 

Editor's note: This article is based 
upon a lecture designed for the Con- 
tinuing Studies Program in the fall of 
1986. Dk Seaman presented the talk 
to students and other members of the 
Sweet Briar community as part of the 
chaplain 's office lecture series entitled 
"Current Events Over Dinner," and 
to the Turning Point students at a 
luncheon sponsored by the Career 
Planning and LIFETIMES Center. 
Dr. Seaman is continuing her research 
on this topic and will discuss the 
results at a seminar on Friday, May 
22, 1987, the opening Friday of 
Reunion Weekend. 



BihliDgrapby: References on request. 

The author would like to thank Chaplain 
Susan Lehman for bringing to her attention 
the article, "Modern Moms: Bringing Down 
Baby?" referred to in the opening paragraph 
of this article. 



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Sweet Briar College 



Woody Bequest to Sweet Briar 

By Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 



Have I got a story for you? Ever 
since I heard about the generous 
bequest (which may amount to over 
$400,000 before it is settled) made 
to Sweet Briar by Marjorie Abbott 
Woody with no strings attached, I 
have been scurrying around gather- 
ing the facts of her life story so that 
I could report them to you. 

At the outset, I want to 
acknowledge with gratitude the help 
given by those who knew her per- 
sonally, whom I was able to inter- 
view. First, there is her lawyer and 
trusted friend, the Honorable 
William Rosenberger, Jr. and his 
secretary, Anne Smith. Next came 
her oldest sister, Mrs. Annie A. 
Wilkerson, who lives in Madison 
Heights. Another friend who helped 
her with her duties as justice of the 
peace and who is a legatee is 
Margaret Burks, clerk of the 
General Court of Amherst. Report- 
ing on Sweet Briar's contacts with 
the Woodys were Peter V. Daniel, 
retired vice president and treasurer 
of the College, and Dorothy Jester, 
dean of students, retired. Without 
all of them my information would be 
limited, to say the least. 

Marjorie Abbott Woody, daughter 
of George W. and Ola Layne 
Abbott, was born in 1915 and lived 
her entire life in Amherst County. 
She was the middle child in a family 
of 11 children, six girls and five 
boys. She graduated from Madison 
Heights High School and took a 
business course at the Virginia Com- 
mercial School in Lynchburg, equip- 
ping herself to be a proficient 
secretary and business manager. 
There were few indulgences in her 
life but when she made up her mind 
that she wanted something, she 
went after it with a vengeance! One 
desire she had was to play the 
piano: at 12 she began study under 
Mrs. Ehzabeth Shaner Gibbs, a 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College 
graduate, and she kept that up for a 
good many years. She became the 
first official pianist for the newly- 

Alumnae Magazine 



completed Randolph Memorial Bap- 
tist Church. The other indulgence 
she "went after" was to have her 
portrait painted; the portrait is 
another gift to the College (see 
below). She was high-spirited, ap- 
parently into all sorts of activities. 
She was chosen Miss Amherst 
County in the beauty pageant when 
the Tobacco Festival was held in 
South Boston. Her sister, Annie 
Wilkerson, tells a story about the 
time Annie's expensive silk lace 
stockings (at least $3.00) disap- 
peared. It turned out that Marjorie 
had "borrowed" them and worn 
them to visit a friend who just hap- 



pened to be the sister of a new boy- 
friend she was trying to impress. 
Unfortunately she tangled with the 
friend's cat, ruining the stockings, 
but it was the family's first inkling 
of her interest in Buck, whom she 
later married. 

Buck Woody and his brother, 
Linwood, owned and operated The 
Parkway Inn at the intersection of 
Routes 60 and 130 for a number of 
years. When Marjorie became a 
member of the team, she and Buck 
bought out Linwood, remodeled the 
facility and began full-scale opera- 
tion of Buck's Place, which opened 
up a new world to Marjorie. Not 




Portrait of Marjorie Abbott Woody by M. Stevens 



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having any children of her own, she 
took a keen interest in the young 
people who came to "Buck's" for 
dancing and sociability. In those 
days, places where Sweet Briar 
students were permitted to go with 
their dates had to pass rigorous in- 
spection. Naturally, the Woodys 
were anxious for their facility to 
satisfy the demands of the Sweet 
Briar inspectors; it is said that they 
not only had tablecloths on the 
tables but were ready to expose 
whatever was under those tables on 
demand! 

Peter V. Daniel, representing 
President Pannell's administration, 
remembers his visits of inspection 
there. He found the Woodys respon- 
sible and intent on abiding by the 
state liquor laws. Dorothy Jester, 
dean of students from 1947 to 1974 
(when she became assistant dean of 
the College), tells of accompanying 
Dean Mary Pearl to give the place a 
thorough going-over. I can well ima- 
gine the tension of that confronta- 
tion, with the deans presenting their 
stipulations for a well-ordered place 
and the roadhouse-keepers giving 
assurance that it could be no other 
way. The deans were served a very 
fancy lunch and assured that 
"Buck's" would be closed to Sweet 
Briar students at 11:00 p.m.; their 
fears were calmed about alcoholic 
beverages being served and in 
general a good feeling was given. 
(Remember, there was no Bistro, as 
such on campus.) The session ended 
with Buck's Place being placed on 
The Approved List. That practically 
guaranteed the success of their 
business, and Marjorie Woody never 
forgot it. Those of you who 
remember the fastidiousness of our 
dean of students will appreciate 
Dot's telling me that when Marjorie 
came to Sweet Briar to thank them 
for their approval, she wore white 
gloves! 

The best story I have to illustrate 
her deep concern for the young peo- 
ple she came to know through her 
duties as hostess at Buck's Place is 
about a young soldier on crutches, 
making his way home from the ser- 
vice with severe leg injuries. He 
stopped in at "Buck's" and talked 
with Marjorie, admitting his hope- 
lessness about his prospects for 
recovery and leading a normal life. 
She was sympathetic and urged him 
to think positively. He came there 

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often while he was in the area, but 
eventually had to go on his way. 
One morning some time later 
Marjorie opened the door to find the 
crutches and the chain holding his 
dog tags — an eloquent testimony to 
her helpfulness. She treasured them 
for the rest of her life, keeping the 
crutches close by and hanging her 
watch on the chain with the dog 
tags on her bedpost. (The watch 
was one she had received as a prize 
for some product she sold. It was 
not in her nature to buy one for 
herself.) When Anne Smith, her 
lawyer's secretary, came to 
Marjorie's house to take her to the 
hospital for what proved to be her 
final illness, she was very anxious to 
take her watch and chain with her; 
it was at that time she told Anne 
about her friendship with the 
wounded soldier and what it had 
meant to her. 

Buck's Place was operated for 
about 15 years and then sold to 
Buck's brother, Edward, who leased 
the new building to the Farmers' 
and Merchants' Bank (now First 
Virginia Bank). Marjorie acted as a 
justice of the peace for a while, but 
the joy went out of her life after 
they gave up "Buck's." Her interest 
had been completely centered in the 
young people she saw there. She 
and Buck moved across Route 130 to 
a small house but immediately 
started work on a large house set 
back from the highway in a pine 
grove. It was a strongly-built house 
constructed from the cobblestones 
retrieved from the surface of 9th 
Street in downtown Lynchburg. 
Buck made a specialty of recrea- 
tional equipment (an elaborate pool 
table inside and barbecue pits and 
picnic tables outside) — but this was 
no outlet for Marjorie, who became 
increasingly depressed and melan- 
choly. She was put under the care 
of a psychiatrist, who later testified 
that she was of sound mind. During 
this unhappy period they were living 
in the big house. After Buck's death 
in February of 1984, Marjorie con- 
tinued to live there alone until her 
death on May 13, 1985. 

Her will was written not long 
before her death. It included special 
bequests to Madison Heights Baptist 
Church as a memorial to her 
parents, Ola Layne and George W. 
Abbott, and to Randolph Memorial 
Baptist Church where she was a 



member and had been the church's 
first pianist. Next she remembered 
by name certain friends and 
employees who had been kind and 
helpful. To her surviving siblings 
she left $50,000 each, but nothing to 
the heirs of her deceased siblings. 
The residue of her estate was left to 
Sweet Briar. Although she had 
feared that there would not be 
enough to take care of the pecuniary 
legacies she had designated by 
name, she need not have worried: 
after all named bequests were paid, 
more than half of the total estate 
remained. 

Reaction on the part of relatives 
was immediate; a suit was filed in 
an effort to break the will. Her com- 
petence was questioned and her 
lawyer, the Honorable William 
Rosenberger, Jr., was sued by nine 
nieces and nephews for using undue 
influence — quite a spectacle, but 
friendly witnesses far outnumbered 
those in opposition. Dot Jester, 
Margaret Burks and others 
remember sitting outside the court- 
room all day, waiting to be called. 
Peter Daniel was in the courtroom 
at the counsel table (representing 
Sweet Briar College's interests — 
not as a witness but as a symbol) at 
the request of counsel, the 
Honorable Henry M. Sackett III. 
With the doctor and lawyer giving 
facts in support of Marjorie 
Woody's sanity and competence. 
Judge Goad declared that there was 
no case and the will was declared 
valid. 

As soon as the court case was set- 
tled, the named bequests were dis- 
tributed. The final residue to which 
Sweet Briar is heir still is not cer- 
tain, due to the sale of several 
pieces of real estate. Thanks to 
Marjorie's own careful husbanding 
of her resources, the sound judg- 
ment of her advisors and the ap- 
preciation of the value of real estate 
she owned. Sweet Briar will be 
forever grateful for her expression 
of gratitude for "Buck's" being on 
the approved list of places where 
Sweet Briar women could go. □ 



Sweet Briar College 



NOTICES 



4th Annual Spring 
Sports Reunion, 
May 1-3, 1987 

Plan now to attend the 4th 
Annual Spring Sports Reunion! 
Did you read the article on last 
year's sports reunion by Jane 
Dure '82, in the summer '86 
alumnae magazine? They all had 
a wonderful time. The Garden 
Cottage is reserved for the 
whole weekend, so mark your 
calendars now. 

Saturday, May 2 

Tennis. Alumnae vs. SBC Tennis 

Team 

Lacrosse. Alumnae vs. SBC 

Lacrosse Team 

Kentucky Derby Party 



Sunday, May 3 

Softball. Alumnae vs. SBC Soft- 
ball Team 

Alumnae of all classes are 
welcome and you need not have 

played on a team to participate. 
Contact the Alumnae Office as 
soon as possible for additional 
information. 

Attention, Clubs and 
Individual Alumnae 

Please! Be a Friend! Join our 
two support groups — Friends of 
Art and Friends of the Library. 

Notes from the 
LIFETIMES Center 

1. Any alumna who has exper- 
tise in a helping profession and 
would like to offer help/sup- 
port/advice to other alumnae, 
please call Carter Hopkins at the 



Center (804) 381-6151. 'We will 
add your name to our Referrals 
file. Be sure to include day and 
evening telephone numbers, 
areas of expertise and hours you 
prefer to be contacted. 
2. If you have good ideas for 
LIFETIMES program topics, 
please call the LIFETIMES 
Center by June 30, 1987. 

Request from SB 
Museum 

From 1910 until 1933 all 
Sweet Briar class rings were dif- 
ferent designs. 

To complete our collection at 
the museum for the Alumnae 
Archives we are seeking rings 
from the following classes: 1911, 
1912, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1922, 
1925, 1931. 
Thank you! 
Helen McMahon '23 
Ann Whitley '47 



House Exchange 

Home on Candlewood Lake, 
New Fairfield Connecticut. Will 
exchange for weekend, week or 
month for accommodation in 
N.Y.C. or ski area. East or West 
phone: (203) 561-2339. 

Jeanne Posselt Clear '41 



REUNION! 

MAY 22-24, 

1987 
COME! 



Strategic Planning at 
Sweet Briar 

At the September 1986 
Williamsburg meeting, the Sweet 
Briar Boards of Directors and 
Overseers began a formal 
strategic planning process. The 
purpose of this effort is to iden- 
tify those factors in the external 
environment which will have an 
impact on the institution's 
future, and to look at the Col- 
lege's ability to fulfill its mission 
while adjusting to changing con- 
ditions. This is being done to 
better assure that proper deci- 
sions are made about the future 
of the College. Strategic plan- 
ning involves identification of 
possible changes in direction and 
focus that must be taken to 
ensure a strong and vital institu- 
tion in a future which will 
inevitably be different. It is 
hoped that the results of the 
strategic planning process will 
be a shared understanding of 
how our resources will be used 
to achieve our purposes. 

Areas of study have been 
separated into five major 
categories, each being reviewed 
in depth by "issues planning 
committees" made up of Board 
members, faculty, staff, students, 
alumnae and parents. Each plan- 
ning committee met in January 
or February to review a report 
from the committee that ana- 
lyzed the external environment 
and to identify critical issues in 
their areas. Reports from each of 
these committees were sub- 
mitted to the steering committee 
in February and March. At the 
April Board meeting, a prelim- 
inary report will be discussed 



and the strategic planning report 
should be ready by the 
September, 1987 Board meeting. 
Members of the various plan- 
ning committees are listed below. 
Any suggestions, thoughts con- 
cerns or ideas may be directed 
to the proper issues planning com- 
mittee chairman or sent to the chair- 
man of the steering committee. 

Ex officio members of all plan- 
ning committees: 
Dr. Nenah Fry, President 
Mrs. Allie Stemmons Simon, 

Chairman of Steering Committee 
Mr. Wrede Petersmeyer, 

Chairman of Boards 

Steering Committee 

Mrs. Allie Stemmons SimoTt, 

Chairman 
Mrs. Alice Cary Farmer Brown 
Mr. Walter Brown, Chairman 

of Finance Committee 
Mr. Hudnall Christopher, 

Chairman of Environmental 

Scan Committee 
Mr. Henry Groppe 
Mrs. Peggy Sheffield Martin, 

Chairman of Enrollment 

Committee 
Dr. John McClenon 
Dr. Marvin Perry, Chairman of 

Academic Program 
Mrs. Judy Greer Schulz 
Mr. Philip Sellers, Chairman 

of Facilities Committee 
Miss Stephanie Wilt 
Mrs. Kay Prothro Yeager, Chair- 
man of Co-Curriculum Committee 
Mr. Mark Whittaker, Staff 

Environmental Scan 
Committee 

Mr. Hudnall Christopher, 

Chairman (Director) 
Mr. Henry Groppe (Overseer) 



Mrs. Alice Cai7 Farmer Brown 
(Director) 

Sub-committee: 

Dr. Brent Shea, Chairman 

(Professor) 
Dr. David Johnson (Professor) 
Dr. Marilyn Ross (Professor 

and Staff) 
Mrs. Pam Whittaker (Staff) 

Issues Planning 
Committees: 

Academic Program: 

Dr. Mai-vin Perry, Chairman 

(Overseer) 
Miss Wendy Birtcher (Overseer) 
Mr. Henry Groppe (Overseer) 
Dr. Milan Hapala (Professor) 
Ms. Gwen Speel Kaplan (Overseer) 
Mr. James Metz (Parent) 
Mrs. Kathleen Metz (Parent) 
Dr. Chips Chao Pai (Overseer) 
Miss Eden Rue (Student) 
Dr Michael Richards (Professor) 
Ms. Elaine Schuster (Overseer) 
Dean Robin Bowers (Staff) 

Co-Curriculum: 

Mrs. Kay Prothro Yeager, 

Chairman (Overseer) 
Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp 

(Overseer) 
Miss Beth Conner (Overseer) 
Mr. Frank Goodman (Parent) 
Mrs. Carol Goodman (Parent 
Dr David Johnson (Professor) 
Mrs. Julia Gray Saunders Michaux 

(Overseer) 
Miss Kathleen Papadimitriou 
(Alumna) 

Mrs. Judy Greer Schulz (Overseer) 
Miss Stephanie Wilt (Student) 
Dean Bob Barlow (Staff) 

Enrollment: 

Mrs. Peggy Sheffield Martin, 
Chairman (Director) 



Mrs. Jody Raines Brinkley 

(Overseer) 
Miss Cathleen Brooke (Overseer) 
Mr Hudnall Christopher 

(Director) 
Mrs. Libby Trueheart Harris 

(Overseer) 
Mr. Worth Kendall (Parent) 
Mrs. Anne Kendall (Parent) 
Mrs. Fran Griffith Laserson 

(Overseer) 
Dr. John McClenon (Professor) 
Miss Stephanie Sprouse (Student) 
Mrs. Ade Jones 'Voorhees (Alumna) 
Mr. Kenneth White (Overseer) 
Ms. Allie Love (Staff) 
Mrs. Ann Morrison Reams (Staff) 

Facilities: 

Mr Philip Sellers, Chairman 

(Overseer) 
Mrs. Sarah Belk Gambrell 

(Director) 
Mrs. Lyn Dillard Grones (Overseer) 
Mr. George Harrison (Overseer) 
Mrs. Helen Murchison Lane 

(Alumna) 
Miss Ici OUison (Student) 
Dr. Lee Piepho (Professor) 
Mr. Tom Connors (Staff) 

Finance: 

Mr. Walter Brown, Chairman 

(Overseer) 
Ms. Susan Beers (Professor) 
Mrs. Sarah Porter Boehmler 

(Overseer) 
Mrs. Alice Cary Farmer Brown 

(Director) 
Mr. Joe Davenport (Director) 
Mr. Philip Greer (Parent) 
Mrs. Nancy Greer (Parent) 
Mrs. Sarah Finnegan Lycett 

(Alumna) 
Miss Liz Stoebner (Student) 
Mr. Tom Connors (Staff) 
Mr. Mark Whittaker (Staff) 



Alumnae Magazine 



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Class Notes 



Katy Bauer '89 catchth up on Summer '8(j issue of the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine. Photo by David I. Abrams. 



OBITUARY: 

Drue Ella Matthews 

Alumnae, faculty and 
staff members were sad- 
dened to learn of the 
death of Drue Ella 
Matthews which occurred 
in Delhi, India in mid- 
October of 1986. Miss 
Matthews was at Sweet 
Briar from 1937-1943 as a 
professor in the history 
department, and also 
served as assistant to the 
dean. 

At the time of her 
death, she was traveling 
with a group of friends 
when she fell in the air- 
port and broke a hip. This 
necessitated a hip replace- 
ment which was done suc- 
cessfully. However, Drue 
was one of those fairly 
rare people who had a 
violent toxic reaction to 
the standard bone cement 
used in the operation. 
This tragic result would 
have occurred regardless 
of where the surgery took 
place. 



Recent Deaths 

Mrs. J.C. Lauderdale (loline 

Harkin AC) August 1986 
Miss Martha Massie AC 

October 5, 1986 
Miss Katharine Page AC 

October 14, 1986 
Mrs. Percy H. Sheedy (Dorothy 

Skinner AC) November 1986 



Mrs. W.R. Smith (Louisa 

Hubbard, Special) January 1987 
Miss Jean Stockdale '16 

January 5, 1987 
Miss Margaret McCluer '18 

November 23, 1986 
Mrs. Sidney T. Adair (Lucia 

Allen '20) no date of death 
Mrs. Herbert T. Marcus (Caroline 

Freiberg '20) November 1986 
Mrs. James B. Scales (Mildred 

Ellis '21) October 1. 1986 
Mrs. Morgan C. Bailey (Isabel 

Godwin '21) December 17. 1986 
Miss Virginia H. Hanson '22 

December 17, 1986 
Mrs. Richard Nelson (Elizabeth 

Failing '28) January 1987 
Mrs. Albert N. Halverstadt (Jane 

Muhlberg '31) December 24, 1986 
Mrs. Robert K. Bell (Carolyn 

Pride '34) April 1986 
Mrs. George Ghesquiere (Mary 

Knauff '36) December 16. 1986 
Mrs. Frank W. Hulse (Mary 

Cobb '38) May 1986 
Mrs. Charles W. Wheland (Frances 

Little '38) November 1986 
Mrs. Olivia D. Brown (Olivia 

Davis '40) September 20, 1986 
Mrs. Emerson G. Whiteside 

(Cherry Dearstone '42) 

September 3, 1986 
Mrs. Arthur H. Benoit (Judith 

Snow '43) December 1, 1986 
Mrs. Winfield J. Means (Janet 

Smith '48) December 8, 1986 
Mrs. Elise H. Winsby (Elise 

Habenicht '50) November 1986 
Mrs. Robert Y. Garrett, III 

(Nancy Snoke '51) 

November 29. 1986 
Mrs. Dillard G. Adams (Betty- 
Hunt '57) January 4, 1987 
Mrs. Robert M. Davenport (Helen 

Smith '57) January 14, 1987 
Mrs. Phillippe Reichenbach 

(Marv Staton Bolton '59) 

November 5, 1985 
Mrs. George B Pilkington, 11 

(Ann Stevens '63) 

November 11, 1986 



1919 



Julia Holt Coyle '47 writes that her 
mother. Isabel Wood Holt, is happily 
ticking alohg with her pacemaker and 
IS very happy with her first great 
grandchildren, one aged 2 and the 
other 8 months. Isabel is confined to 
her bed except for walking around 
upstairs. She remembers with pride 
her SBC days and her adventures in 
NYC as a social worker at the YWCA 
and as a proofreader at Scribner's, 



1923 



Helen Gaus is always interested in 
reading the alumnae magazine, and 
sends a big hello to Helen (Viae, her 
classmate, 

Marie Klooz, in Sandy Spring, MD. 
is legally blind now but still manages 
to correspond with Sweet Briar She 
IS overjoyed to have IVIuriel MacKenzie 
Kelly living not too far from her in 
Bethesda Helen McMahon writes 
■Jeannette Dan' Boone and I are still 
spending our summers in Little 
Switzerland, NC, returning to Sweet 
Briar in October We would be happy 
to see you either here or there We 
continue to see alumnae and camp 
friends in Little Switzerland, including 
Jane Guignard Curry who visits her 
brother Sanders there Lydia Purcell 
Wilmer and Fred have lived at 
Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg 
tor several years so we see them at 
the Williams Associates dinners at 
Sweet Briar House and at other cam- 
pus programs Lorna Weber Dowllngs' 
Christmas note brought news of her 
active life in Fort Worth, her scattered 
family, and especially a great- 
grandson, a 4th-generation doctor in 
her family!" 



1927 



President 

Emily Jones Hodge (Mrs Hanson H), 

112 Alapocas Drive, Wilmington, DE 

19803 

Secretary 

Mildred (Kitty) Wilson Garnett (IVIrs 

Theodore S ), 1411 Claremont Ave., 

Norfolk. Va 23507 

Fund Agent 

Jeannette (Dan) Boone, P Box BB 

Sweet Briar. VA 24595 

The lime has come the walrus said 
to talk of many things — you will be 
reading this in the spring and it is 
only November 

Peggy Williams Bayne, who lives in 



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Norfolk also, nas spent her last 
teaching years in public schools in 
Virginia Beach and Norfolk — Latin 
and French — and has written a book 
about a 200-year-old home she in- 
herited upon the James River near 
Bremo The reviews list it as out- 
standing Helen Smyser Talbott 
sounds like a busy grandmother and a 
physically active woman, swimming 
and walking, my kind of girl. I still 
take the campers at Camp Greenbrier, 
West Virginia, on their daytime hikes 
and take every Whitewater canoe trip 
that comes my way (fountain climb- 
ing lures me still 

Hilda Harpster checked in from 
Toledo She says her travel days are 
over, but I'll bet she can be persuad- 
ed if you get on her; write, tell her 
the joys of reunion! Please do, I'm 
serious Emily Halsell Marsten is {ust 
right up the way from Belle Haven, 
Virginia where we have lived half the 
year for some time Christmas was 
with grandchildren in California She, 
as do all of us, wonders where all the 
happy busy years have flown 

Tinka Johnson Brehme came East 
and spent a week with me in Norfolk 
in December, She has to be convinced 
that we'll be at SBC for our sixtieth 
next IVIay I quote. "I wonder how 
many can creep, crawl, or skate 
there, or want to " I'll bet on a dozen 
at least Can you imagine a cocktail 
party in front of the Refectory before 
dinner the first nighf Great, a 
wonderful mixer at the fiftieth 

Bass Boynton Rawlings has a 
paralyzed foot, uses a walker, and 
promises to be with us in IVIay if it 
improves Remember how well she 
walked to Bus Rhea's'' She enioyed 
the marriage of a granddaughter. Our 
family just returned from a similar 
"to-do" in Philadelphia, Long talk 
with Emily Jones Hodge about 
reunion She married into a family that 
has close connections with my 
daughter-in-law Small world 

Alice Eskesen Ganzel was at the fif- 
tieth with her husband and they were 
just across the hall from The and me 
She wants Sweet Briar to do 
Elderhostel once again. Her schedule 
sounds wonderful Among other 
things, It says "tennis". We need to 
work on Frankle Sample Holmlund. 
She says no to the sixtieth because it 
is too early to leave Arizona Not at all 
— anyone who can winter there can 
afford a three-day Virginia trip We 
need you. Frame' 

Libbo Matthews Wallace and Harry 
are "still swimming ", If I swim it is 
when we go over on a Whitewater 
canoe trip. Her grands are at Harvard, 
Haverford, Davidson, and Denison 
IVIine, at U VA , Wm. and (Wlary, one 
graduated SBC last year, one still 
undecided for September, one com- 
pleted U of Del,, married- M. Brown 

Sweet Briar College 



Wood marvels that so many of us are 
"still hanging on". They are scared 
not to, Madeline. Compie still hears 
from M, Brown, Connie Van Ness and 
Sue Milligan in CA Compie says her 
painting Is coming to a slow halt. 

The first thing Jerry Reynolds 
Oreisbach lool<s for when the new 
alumnae magazine comes in is our 
class letter. Jerry is still traveling but 
— she says — at a slower pace. In 
Feb. she flew to Acapuico to join a 
Panama Canal cruise and visited her 
grandson In Costa Rica; July she had 
an interesting tour of Nova Scotia, 
Newfoundland and P. El. where she 
went through the home of Anne of 
Green Gables: Sept. she was m CA, 
and Dec. and Jan., Charlottesville. 

Lib Wood MclVlullan's grand- 
daughter, Lisa Ruffin, will be married 
in April '87 to James Harrison. Lisa 
has written the text for a book on 
American styles of flower arranging. 

Martha Ambrose Nunnally has three 
new great-grands to brag about. 
Gretchen Orr Hill Is moving back to 
Eleven Prospect Street, South 
Dartmouth, Mass. 02748 smce her 
husband's death. San Antonio is too 
hot Camp Greenbrier in West Virginia 
has marvelous summer weather, 
especially when you live in a cabin on 
a river bank. I stay Into the fall until 
frost 

Rebecca Manning Cutler had a visit 
to Sicily during the Achille Lauro high- 
jacking. She has given up what she 
calls "euphemistically" the practice of 
law. She and Howard see Cates Wall 
and they go to South Carolina Jan.- 
IVlay each year. Beatrice Carson Marks 
wrote last May that she lives In 
Arizona but loves summering in 
Rockport, Mass., with a son and 
grandson near. 

Daphne Bunting Blair and Larry are 
grandparents to Gordon and Sean Blair 
and, by son #2, to a brand-new baby 
girl, Morgan Constance Blair, Daphne 
and Larry still spend their summers 
with Dot ("28) in the woods of 
Ontario Elsetta (Bebe) Gilchrist Barnes 
IS a retired landscape architect She 
and Dick continue to be active in 
Crystal River on the West coast of 
Florida on Dixie Bay. Summers they 
spend in Cashiers, NC, mostly on the 
golf course at High Hampton Inn and 
the Country Club. 

We had a wonderful Christmas 
meeting in Norfolk — the best ever. 
Ann Marshall Whitley '47, curator of 
the Sweet Briar museum, gave an ex- 
cellent talk, accompanied by slides. 
Among those attending were Catherine 
Johnson Brehme who was visiting me 
from San Marino, CA, and Meg 
Williams Bayne, from our class. Other 
guests included Frances Murrell 
Rickards '10 and Mary McCaa Deal 
'19. It was a fine affair. 

This IS a critical year In our lives, 
and I know that most of us are timid 
about travel and alone for the first 
time, which makes us hesitant about 
flying to Lynchburg [someone from the 
College meets you and takes you back 

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to the airport]. If you give in, you will 
always regret the fact. From ex- 
perience I can tell you the visit is well 
worth it. Sweet Briar needs us old 
gals too. 



1931 



President 

Natalie Roberts Foster (Mrs Walter 

S ), 2702 Richelieu Ave., SW, 

Roanoke, VA 24014 

Secretary 

Anne Toole Rotter Welllord (Mrs R 

Carter), Sabine Hall, Warsaw, VA 

22572 

Isabelle Bush Thomasson was busy 
for most of 1986 campaigning for her 
seat on the Alabama State Board of 
Education, on which she has served 
for 12 years. The Federal Court 
redistricted the board so Isabelle had 
11 new counties In which she had 
never campaigned before She won, 
after the 3 hard campaigns — 
primary, run-off, and the general elec- 
tion in November - and will be in- 
stalled for her 4th term In January. 

Agnes Cleveland Stackhouse and 
Glenn went to England and Scotland 
in May and June visiting gardens with 
the Brooklyn Botanical Society. They 
had a week In London and one in 
Dublin. In Sept. they went to Nan- 
tucket and Martha's Vineyard for a 
week with the American Horticultural 
Society. 

Jean Cole Anderson after reunion 
visited her daughter Lovat at the 
beach After that another drought, 
again with water restrictions. 

Virginia Cooke Rea and Fritz had a 
visit in August from the grandson of a 
French orphan who was supported. In 
Virginia's name, by her great grand- 
mother In 1917 when his father was 
killed and his home destroyed when 
Germany occupied France. Daughter 
Jane and her husband are adopting a 
Korean baby in Salem OR. Virginia 
and Fritz go to Lynchburg this fall to 
donate opera glasses which came from 
her grandmother's home there, now 
an historical landmark, the Blackford 
house 

Jean Countryman Presba sold their 
home of 30 years. From May to Nov 
their address will be Rt 1 Box 2410 
Neshkoro Wl 54960. They will be on 
Siesta Key, Florida for 6 mos. but 
send no Florida address. 

Virginia Derby Howse will celebrate 
her 55th wedding anniversary next 
April with her 3rd grade sweetheart 
"Its awesome to find you are head of 
the clan and old settlers! My hobbies 
are gardening (no mean feat in dry, 
windy Kansas), photography, keeping 
scrapbooks for the DAR and Historical 
Museum, and learning to cook. Bob is 
a cook fit for gourmets and has 
always done our cooking. At 65 I got 
interested and defy anyone to beat me 
at any dish that does not have to go 



on the stove!" Her clubs are: bridge, 
poker, garden, book and Pi Beta Phi 
Alumnae. She was named sustaining 
member of the year by the Junior 
League of Wichita and an honorary 
member of the Institute of Logopedics 
Women's Board and is starting her 
16th year on the Women's Board of 
our Historical Museum. Son 
Christopher Is 6 ft., 5 in., unmarried, 
a world traveler, writer, lecturer and 
consultant for a chain of hotels. 
Daughter Candy is married to 
Michael Kelly Finnigan, a "keyboard 
man" who also produces, writes, 
arranges, sings and goes on the Road 
with Crosby, Stills and Nash. There 
are two grandchildren, Bridget Burke 
Finnigan (9) and Kelly Patrick 
Finnigan (5). The Howses went to 
NYC In Sept. for a long weekend of 
theatre. 

Ellen Eskridge Sanders stays busy 
with church work. DAR, Women's 
Club, baby-sitting with daughter's 
8-month son. He has two sisters, 
ages 17 and 10. Their son lives with 
his wife and 3 sons In the San Fran- 
cisco Bay area where they visit them 
every year. She was sorry to miss our 
55th but attended a function at Univ., 
of Va, with Walter and it was Impossi- 
ble to do both 

Josephine Gibbs Du Bois: "We flew 
to Colorado in Aug, to see our 
daughter and husband. They are 
returning to their boat for the 5th year 
— hope to go through the Panama 
Canal'" Expect to fly to Maine in Oct 
to visit Carolyn Martindale Blouin 
(Class of '30) and Maury and drive to 
Halifax with them, 

Susan Haskell Harrell: They still 
travel and |ust had a "Danube 
Passage", They plan to move from 
Goochland into Richmond, They have 

2 children and 5 grandchildren, one of 
whom was married In Sept. 

Gillette Hilton Pritchard: Was sorry 
to miss our 55th, They enjoy their 
Oceanslde, CA life and don't seem to 
need to get away, 

Nancy Hunter; Went with three 
friends to France last spring, A week 
in Paris and 2 wks. driving through 
France. This fall she enjoyed a New 
England trip to see the foliage with a 
friend. In May she is going to Iceland, 
Ireland and Scotland. When at home 
her chief enjoyment Is hiking m the 
Smokies National Park 

Elise Jester Meadows; She and 
Claude celebrated their golden anni- 
versary last Oct. They have 2 
daughters, a son and 5 grandchildren. 

3 grandchildren graduated from col- 
lege in the spring. Claire Cowden, 
magna cum laude from SMU's 
Meadow's School of Fine Arts and is 
now there in graduate school. James 
Cowden graduated from Vassar, 
departmental honors in English and 
grade of distinction for his senior 
thesis, and will do graduate work in 
the East. David Judd graduated from 
Princeton Theological Seminary and 
received the Charles J. Roller Abiding 
Memorial Fund Award. 



Mary Stewart Kelso Treanor: The 

Treanors planned to attend reunion 
but a house they waited for 3 years 
came on the market so they bought 
and moved. They plan to exchange 
homes for several weeks with an SB 
graduate living in Normandy, during 
the summer of '87, and are brushing 
up on their French at the local 
college. 

Charlotte Kent Pinckney: The 
Pinckneys have been living at 
Westminster-Canterbury in Richmond 
for a year and a half and have many 
friends there. Their apartment looks 
out on a garden, Charlotte says she 
has written everyone in the class ask- 
ing for contributions to the Fund. 

Helen Lawrence Vander Horst 
wrote. "Jean Cole Anderson gave me 
a good account of our Reunion in May 
which I was sorry to miss. Had to be 
in Durham NC for my oldest grand- 
daughter's prep school graduation. 
From there to MA to greet a new 
granddaughter and to help with a 
3-year-old, In a few days to go to TN 
to help with a 4th granddaughter born 
yesterday (Sept, 29th)!" 

Martha McBroom Shipman hated to 
miss Reunion but had just returned 
from Florida after 6 weeks in Naples 
and 6 weeks in Delray Beach, and 
granddaughter Jane Shipman was 
graduating from Wooster College. 
Wooster OH, Martha spent 9 weeks at 
her Michigan cottage with 6 of her 
family. This fall she was preparing to 
visit the Shipman family in Wilton, 
Conn, and to spend a weekend at 
Newport, R,l, 

Martha McCowen Burnet; A reprint 
from the Greensboro (NC) News and 
Record of March 30, 1986 came to 
hand, an amusing article written by 
Martha about "The Taking of a 
Christmas Card Picture" with a pic- 
ture of the Burnet family of 17! Wish 
we had space so this could be 
enjoyed by all our readers, Martha is 
a former columnist for The Greensboro 
Daily News. 

Elizabeth MacRae Goddard; After 
living in San Diego since '74 they still 
marvel at the weather and are only a 
few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, In 
summer they enjoy the Pops Concerts, 
Liebe was at Reunion 

Evelyn Mullen; Had planned to be 
at Reunion but was in the hospital for 
major surgery and had a home 
nurse's aide for 2 weeks afterwards. 
She was at the SBC celebration in 
Williamsburg the end of Sept, and 
saw Virginia Quintard Bond and Nancy 
Coe, Her 3 year term as Chairman of 
the SBC Friends of the Library has 
expired but she will continue to be 
active, 

Virginia Quintard Bond; First grand- 
son Edward Bond arrived in June His 
sister Laura, is 2 Other grand- 
daughters are Anne. 17. a senior at 
Westminster in CT and Heather. 13, 
at school In Dover ME, Still a 
volunteer at the Dedham Women's 
Exchange, which has consignors from 
all over the country, with profits going 

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to local chanties involved with young 
children. She enjoys the museum, lec- 
tures and the Symphony, says Euro- 
pean travel is out for the present and 
she likes spending more time at 
home. 

Mary Frances Riheldafler Kuhn: 
Says arthritis of the knees has slowed 
her down. She has 11 grandchildren 
and one great grandchild. Retired after 
39 years of teaching social studies in 
Senior High School, her time is spend 
playing bridge, visiting nursing homes 
for the Church, working on the Hospi- 
tal Auxiliary, Women's club and as 
parliamentarian for AAUW 

Natalie Roberts Foster is busy as 
ever with social service work and 
church activities. At reunion she heard 
Gert Prior was not well Gerl came to 
the Roanoke Medical Center while 
recuperating and went with Nat on 
several launts. Mary Hughes Blackwell 
provided transportation between 
Amherst County and Roanoke The 
news of Jimpse Blackwell's death was 
accompanied by good news ot his two 
fine sons 

Ruth Schott Benner: Earl has had a 
pacemaker since June. In spring, 
summer and fall they go often to their 
home and boat at the Lake of the 
Ozarks, and spend February in 
Naples, Florida. They have 3 Texas 
great grandchildren 

Helen Sim Mellen: The Mellens 
went to New England in Sept. to see 
relatives, friends and foliage. During 
Christmas they will be in Bermuda 
and will be joined by their son and his 
family. Hellie enjoyed seeing and talk- 
ing with each one at our reunion in 
May 

Polly Swift Calhoun and Frank are 
enjoying life, though annoyed that 
they can't do as much as they used 
to Polly averages 20 hours of 
volunteer work a week, at Hospice, 
Recording for the Blind, and Church 
World Service where she runs a 
clothing project. She raised almost 
$8000 at a church rummage sale this 
summer. The Calhouns enjoyed trips 
to their Adirondack camp with family 
and Jo DuBois's son 

ll/lartha von Briesen: Went to 
Hampden-Sydney for the first time in 
June with a former Hampden-Sydney 
Librarian and his wife who also live at 
Westminster-Canterbury (Lynchburg) 
where Martha lives. Same week she 
attended a Radcliffe/Harvard Alumnae 
luncheon in Charlottesville, Several 
times enjoyed picnics on the Blue 
Ridge Parkway with friends especially 
when the rhododendrons were in 
bloom In April and May she spent 4 
days visiting friends at St Michael's 
MD. 3 at our reunion, 2 with friends 
in Greensboro NC 

Oria Washabaugh Shenk: Norm died 
in March She will stay in Tampa 
where the climate is good tor her 
arthritis Friends, a vital church and 
bridge fill her time Both sons, one in 
CA and one in PA like to visit there. 
She enjoys corresponding with Nancy 
Worthington who sends SBC news 

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Marjorie Webb Maryanov: Her hus- 
band sent a card saying that she is in 
a nursing home. 

Peronne Whittaker Scott: Their 
daughter and her husband have 
moved from Texas to Hollywood, FL 
and they are hoping their son and his 
family will move to Florida. Perry was 
sorry to miss Reunion but the 
christening of their first great grand- 
child came at the same time. 

Harriet Wilson Tarbert was a widow 
for 2 years and has been married to 
Walter Tarbert for 6 yrs. They have an 
apartment in White Oak near Pitts- 
burgh and go to her home in Ligonier 
in the mountains every Wednesday 
until Sunday. They go to Naples, FL 
in winter where she sees Eda 
Bainbridge Kolbe, Jane Muhlbert 
Halverstadt, Martha McBroom Ship- 
man and Dot Ayres Holt when she 
visits Eda Harriet has 3 children and 
7 grandchildren plus a stepson-m-law 
and 3 grandchildren of her present 
husband 

Elizabeth Wooledge Hamilton: 
Howard died Feb, of '84, In June '85 
she moved into Westminster Village 
North 1-239, 11050 Presbyterian 
Drive, Indianapolis. IN 46236. She is 
active in 6 clubs of GFWC and presi- 
dent of the Environmental Action Club 
She has always done much church 
work and is chaplain for the 7th 
District of the Indiana Federation of 
GFWC. She and her husband traveled 
the U S tor 16 years 

Nancy Worthington said that Ella 
Williams Fauber also lives at 
Westminster-Canterbury, Lynchburg, 
and was expecting to see Virginia 
Cooke Rea and Fritz for two days in 
October when Lynchburg celebrated 
its bicentennial 

Your Secretary: Last fall a bus load 
of the Lenders to the Treasure Houses 
of Britain Exhibition at the National 
Gallery in Washington came to see 
Sabine Hall which is a National 
Historic Landmark and a Virginia 
Historic Landmark Our last trip was a 
"Nordic Odyssey," then we cruised 
on the Argonaut the "Island Worlds of 
Britain. Scotland, Ireland and Wales," 
ending in London In June Carter's 
oldest granddaughter graduated 
magna cum laude from Harvard and 
was co-captain of the Harvard 
women's lacrosse team. She is the 
granddaughter of Mercer Logan 
Jackson Welllord, Class of '30. 
deceased. Carter's first wife. Great to 
see each of you at Reunion and hope 
to see more class members next time. 
Grateful thanks to all who returned 
cards with news making this column 
possible What about 100% response 
next time? 



1935 



Co-Chalrmen 

Frances (Poody) IVIorrison Ruddell 

(Mrs Warren T) 500 Pine Dr., 



Indianapolis. IN 46260 

Gary Burwell Carter (Mrs Francis E 

Jr ) 433 Royal Oaks, Nashville, TN 

37205. 

Secretary 

Mary Marks, 3800 N. Fairfax Dr. 

#305, Arlington, VA 22203 

Fund Agent 

Lucy Hoblitzell, 8811 Victory Lane. 

Potomac, MD 20854 

Becky Marriner's days include 
working on the Reading Program and 
overseeing needed repairs of the old 
house she and her sister enjoy 
together. Alice Laubach, on the other 
hand, moved across Asheville, I^C to 
a smaller house in an Episcopal 
Retirement Community, Deerfield Her 
toy poodle has adapted faster than 
she has 

Beverley Hill Furniss has been back 
in Annapolis, MD for 10 months so 
her apartment in daughter Emory's 
house begins to feel like home She's 
renewing high school friendships, 
tending flowers on her patio and en- 
joys being so near her grandchildren. 

Mary Willis Kempe has to limit her 
activities but went to Williamsburg in 
September for the recognition activities 
honoring members of SBC's leadership 
gift clubs. She particularly enjoyed 
dinner with the trustees, seeing the 
newly opened DeWitt Wallace Museum 
and visiting James River plantations 
Cary Burwell Carter reported on 
another SBC function, a party at the 
Nashville. TN home of former presi- 
dent Harold Whiteman. honoring Dr 
Fry Cary spent 2 delightful 
September weeks at a Swiss chalet on 
Lake Brienze, Isterwald 

Becky Young Fraser and Natalae 
Strickland Waters traveled closer to 
home, visiting historic sites in KY on 
a trip organized by the Colonial 
Dames Jane Lawder also kept to this 
continent, driving with friends through 
NM, AZ and UT viewing national 
parks and August's western land- 
scapes The Southwest also has a 
claim on Barbara Benzinger Lindsley 
and Herb, They check into Scottsdale, 
AZ in February and Colorado Springs 
in summer. Barbara's daughter and 
family live in Wichita: her doctor and 
architect sons are in Kansas City 

Hester Kraemer Avery has a good 
excuse for not signing her card (I 
compared handwriting with some in 
our scrapbook). She had open heart 
surgery (triple by-pass) in September 
in Denver and was visiting her two 
sons in the Boston area when she 
wrote. She had a great August 
Virginia Beach reunion of "all my pro- 
geny", one of whom plans to produce 
a cookbook of their favorite recipes 

Ginny Gott Gilbert expected an 
October visit from Mary Templeton and 
sister Jean, who worked on the 
Syracuse University dean's staff 
where Paul Gilbert was on the faculty 
before retiring The Gilberts are in 
charge ot a 200-member senior 
church group doing art, crafts, 
bridge, furniture refinishing and can- 



ing. She says they are typical senior 
citizens family, travel to FL in winter 
months, garden, golf, bridge Mary 
also visited Judy Peterkin in 
Parkersburg, WV, had dinner with 
Lucy Hoblitzell, and cruised to Alaska 
this year Busy freedom 

Helen Wolcott, Lucy and I met for 
lunch at Great Falls. VA while this col- 
umn was being written. Lucy was in 
CA for a wedding earlier in the year 
and as our capable fund agent, at- 
tended Fall Alumnae Council She 
planned to head back to Parkersburg 
in (November. Helen spent two glorious 
weeks touring Ireland enjoyed terrain, 
people, rack of lamb, poached salmon 
and shrimp She'd just completed a 
stint with the annual sale to benefit 
the Presbyterian Home when we 
talked 

Dot Barry Ketcham has our sym- 
pathy in the death of her husband of 
49 years Gen Howell Gist, also ad- 
justing to widowhood, had a summer 
vacation with one son on the outer 
banks of fJC and will be in CA for 
Christmas with her Navy dentist son 
and family. She takes aqua exercise 
classes and loves walking. 

Catharine Taylor Manning says 
Roberta Cope Gerlach's new hip 
"gives her lovely slender legs"' They 
saw each other in Litchfield, CN 
where the Gerlachs were meeting their 
two grandsons and younger daughter 
Earlier Roberta had sent Mary 
Templeton a postcard form Honolulu 
Jeanne DeLamarter Halversen also 
visits Honolulu, where her daughter 
lives She's planning Christmas '86 
there Jeanne has been quite a 
traveller — Philadelphia. Oxford. IN in 
July: Kennebunkport, ME in August, 
San Francisco. Seattle and EXPO in 
September When at home she sees 
Blandlna Jones Skilton quite frequent- 
ly. Blandina happily expects her scat- 
tered family to gather at their Winter 
Park, FL home in January for their 
parent's 50th anniversary 

Bright BickerstafI West wrote that 
her only news is the birth of a grand- 
son who will carry her husband's 
name as III, The West, Jrs also live 
on St Simons Island, GA I hope 
Bright will check in on our former 
class secretary, Janet Kimball Miller 
who moved to Sea Palms, St Simons 
recently 

Grace Langeler Irvine will be into 
her 6-month stay in Sarasota, FL 
when these notes go to press She 
loves her easy, contented life in Ogun- 
quit, ME with 2 daughters and 7 
grandchildren nearby Unlike Grace, 
Virginia Morgan Mowry has been on 
the go most of the year. Travel includ- 
ed a trip around the Horn, S A.: 3 
visits with family on the West Coast: 
China with a week on the Yangtse 
River: a glimpse behind the Iron Cur- 
tain in Berlin, Dresden, Prague and 
Budapest, and also Vienna She'll jom 
her daughter and family for Christmas 
in Madrid 

I too was in Iron Curtain countries 
this year My sister-in-law and I 

Sweet Briar College 



joined the Sweet Briar group tor ttie 
Danube River cruise on board ttie 
Russian river boat, the Volga. We 
started in Istanbul, crossed the Black 
Sea to the Danube delta, boarded ship 
and made port in each Ball<an country 
en route to Vienna Was supnsed to 
find the Danube so narrow, and sad- 
dened to see tributes to revolution and 
conquest so proudly evident in the 
cities we visited 

Mary Lou Saul Hunt is well, busy, 
happy and looking forward to great- 
grandmotherhood. Will this be a Class 
of '35 first? Betty Fox Moon has a 
granddaughter who finished at 
Berkeley, another at UCLA and a third 
at Davis. Both grandsons are still in 
college Martlia Jane Gipe Earle had 
the tun of being on the planning com- 
mittee for her granddaughter's June 
wedding in Jackson. Ml and enjoyed 
girl plans since all her children are 
boys. She hopes to see Betty on her 
next visit to Toledo. 

Sue Strassburger Anderson passed 
her medical check-up in fine style, 
better than last year Maybe her new 
Ciera Sport Coupe or her trip to San 
Francisco with her young grand- 
daughter is keeping the doldrums at 
bay Marguerite Duval McGlnnis had 
to miss our 50th but is pleased/ 
amazed to learn there seems to be no 
slowing down among our classmates. 
Talk about energy — a card too late 
for the 1985 deadline told me Alma 
Simmons Rountrey is historian for the 
Presbytery of the Blue Ridge; a 
volunteer for DAWN (Donation a Week 
Neighbor), a program which answers 
emergency calls for food, clothing, 
and utility payments for the needy: 
and a "house-to-house" beggar lor 
heart, cancer etc. drives. 

Also too late, but so good to hear 
from her — a card from (Florence) 
Carey Snow Garrison, whose 47 years 
of marriage to a now-retired Del Monte 
executive had her keeping house in 
HI, CA. NJ, Manila and back to Palo 
Alto, CA, They had 2 sons, a 
daughter and 5 grandchildren Her 
special volunteer work has been in 
hospitals and with brain-damaged 
children. 

Had a nice telephone chat with 
Judy Halliburton Davis who says she 
rocks along and is pleased that hus- 
band Burke's new book is completed. 
They were in Williamsburg for SBC's 
September celebration and share Mary 
Willis Kempe's enthusiasm tor the 
quality of that program. They count 9 
grandchildren. 7 of whom are girls. 
Judy will have to check out Martha 
Jane Gipe Earle's experiences, Judy 
had heard from Marian Walker Alcaro 
who spent some of the summer in 
England visiting relatives of and 
locating papers on the subject of her 
doctoral dissertation, a woman poet. 
She returned safely, carrying with her 
some treasured letters and other 
materials 

Mary Honeywell Dodds is loving 
retired lite, busy with church work, 
golf, bridge and "partying". She'd 

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love to see any gals who get to 
Sarasota Sue Wilson Rutherford 

writes: "have just about decided this 
will be my last year working in an 
elementary school library! Then I can 
do more things!" 

I didn't hear from Poody Morrison 
Ruddell, our Co-Chairman. Judy said 
she was now all right but that an ill- 
ness earlier had kept her in Indiana- 
polis. Last year she and Warren drove 
to VT. f^Y, Wl, MN, Ml and AZ, so 
my next report should pick up new 
travels. 

Do keep in your prayers our class- 
mates who have died during the year 
— Jackie Strickland Dwelle. Betty 
Myers Harding and Jane Mitchell 
Robeson. We remember them with af- 
fection and appreciation for their loyal- 
ty and generosity to SBC 

Bless you all for remembering your 
class secretary. This job is getting to 
be tun. Thanks and don't stop now. 



1939 



President 

Augusta Saul Farrier (Mrs. Frank F. 

Jr.) 1315 Lakewood Drive SW, 

Roanoke, VA 24015 

Secretary 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Campbell Gawthrop 

(Mrs Robert S., Jr.), 800 Sconnel- 

town Rd., West Chester, PA 19380 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth (Betty) Barnes Bird (Mrs 

Elizabeth B), 3512 Sterling Ave . 

Alexandria. VA 22304 

Nancy Gatch Svien has a one-man 
show coming up in January '87 — 
sounds as if it will be in Mexico. This 
spring she will try living in Baja. CA. 
on the Sea of Cortez to watch the 
fish 

Vey and Mardie Hodill Smith's 
highlight trip this year was to Hawaii 
and the 7-day island cruise. They took 
their 13-year-old granddaughter and 
18-year-old grandson to celebrate 
three earthshaking events: Their 45th 
anniversary, grade and high school 
graduations. 

Bob and I are getting old. but at 
the same pace We took our 11 -year- 
old grandson to Quebec this summer, 
that city as foreign as any on these 
shores, and then rambled back 
through Montreal and Vermont. It was 
a precious experience Indeed, we 
unabashedly wallow in pride over all 
four. We are particularly proud of 
daughter Beth's culinary glossary. 
"The Chef's Companion," 221 pages 
of gastronomic lore. Beth Gawthrop 
Riely is our Sweet Briar '67 music 
major. 

Betty Barnes Bird was in Paris on 
September 16. settled in her hotel 
room when the terrorist bomb went off 
one block away Pandemonium — 
then appalling security everywhere 
Three plainclothesmen surrounded her 
when she put her hand in her purse 



to pay for some stamps at the post of- 
tice. She doesn't know who was the 
more scared. Then a carefree spree in 
England for her son's wedding. 

From Henri Minor Hart, she and 
Lottie Lewis Woollen and Gracey 
Luckett Bradley were In Waynesboro, 
GA and saw the Master's Tournament 
In Augusta. They saw Lillian Neeley 
Willis and Pete, whose first grandchild 
is in college- 
Nancy Beard Dix and husband are 
enjoying his retirement. Their grand- 
son. 14, and granddaughter, 12, live 
nearby (Bel Air, MD) 

Bennett Wilcox Bartlett's husband 
has made a wonderful recovery from a 
heart attack. They are back on the 
golf course, and no doubt singing 
with the birdies (!) 

Janet Thorpe has persisted in her 
museum interest by being a volunteer 
guide in the Lockwood Matthews 
Mansion, a 60-room opulent Victorian 
country seat in Norwalk, CT. She had 
a fine little reunion and lunch at 21 
with Kitty Lawder Stephenson and 
husband in July. 

Augusta Saul Farrier says that she 
has nothing much to report, then goes 
on about church work, tennis, music 
group, sundry civic affairs and keep- 
ing up with children and grand- 
children, the oldest a junior at 
Princeton, She would love to see any 
class mates traveling through VA. 

Anne Harrison Brown says that she 
continues struggling to master golf 
and tennis. Though she's too modest 
to say so, I happen to know that she 
has mastered that great game called 
bridge. 

Kay Porter Read is naturally proud 
of having a granddaughter in her 
sophomore year at Sweet Briar. Die! 

Ruth Harman Keiser and her hus- 
band went to the Sweet Briar Rider's 
Reunion. They en|oyed meeting Presi- 
dent Fry and alumnae from other 
classes. 

Anne Parks' year was rather a 
bore. With tongue in cheek, she ad- 
mits to receiving her third Ph.D.. sub- 
mitted her thesis on the study of the 
nuclear physics syndrome as it affects 
the Class of '39. All of this involved 
wide travelling, visiting potentates, 
etc. 

Tready, Mary Treadway Downs 
husband, has a new business. The 
Cambridge Clock Company, Their 
clocks are traditional in design, but 
have the wonderful German quartz 
movements. He Is looking for "reps," 
girls, so raise your hand if you are 
Interested 

Anna Espach Weckler speaks for us 
all when she says she's Impressed 
with the accomplishments of our class 
— though not bestirred Into 
emulating, just peacefully ap- 
preciating. The Wecklers live In West 
Sedona, AZ, and their son and his 
wife always come from Ml at 
Christmas Their 5-year-old golden 
retriever is knocking down fewer 
guests, and has almost gotten them 
trained to his schedule. 



We are going to sup with Anne 
Benedict Swain and Ted next week. 
She writes of happy family doings. 
Less tennis due to back muscle 
spasms, which is a boon for church 
work. She speaks for many in saying 
that too much time is spent keeping 
these golden-aged bodies in tune. Ellie 
George Frampton and Bill spent a tew 
days with them last summer 

Boot Vanderbilt Crampton and Henry 
took a fascinating early October trip 
on the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, 
using Zodiacs (like Cousteau) to ex- 
plore the inlets and tributaries. They 
observed tropical birds, fish and In- 
dian villages. They go to Squam Lake 
every summer to reune with as many 
of the family as possible, this year. 
17. She has been appointed Alumnae 
Rep, of Naples for the southwest area 
of FL. She's busy with Garden Club, 
tennis, swimming and all those good 
sunshine things. 

Kitty Lawder Stephenson visited 
younger daughter. Nan, and husband 
In L.A.. then traveled up the CA 
coast. Two other children and their 
families live in Greenville. SC. 

Bettina Bell Wyman Emmons, upon 
the death of her second husband less 
than a year after they were married, 
has settled in Naples, retaining also 
her house of 30 years on Cape Cod 
where she sees her 3 girls who live in 
ME and NH. She is more active with 
the Class of '39 at Dartmouth as 
chairman of the widows (first hus- 
band), than she is with Sweet Briar, 
but remembers fondly her Sweet Briar 
friends. 

News of Julie Ridgely Howe Is 
somewhat like receiving a benediction. 
Every week she works late, late Sun- 
day night compiling her column for 
the Cobs County Democrat, then takes 
It early Monday "to the old fashioned, 
narrow building across the street, 
where there is a pot-bellied stove and 
a narrow staircase" She then has 
breakfast, a leisurely, hearty one, with 
a widowed English war bride. This 
column is her talent, discipline, and 
dedication, and meaningful beyond 
words — an apt phrase! — to the lit- 
tle town of Whitefleld, NH, 2,000 
strong, nestled in the White Moun- 
tains. Happily, she lives only 9 miles 
away from her sister Her church, 
named New Hope, Is another impor- 
tant part of her life. 

Marguerite Myers Glenn's son has 
joined the real estate firm of 
McGavack, Ltd. in Charlottesville. She 
hopes to enroll grandchild. 
Marguerite. Ill for possible entry to 
Sweet Briar 

"Our most wonderful news," writes 
Virginia Wellford Farwell, "is a new 
grandson, born July 19 in Savannah, 
GA," Her donation this year is in 
memory of Julia Worthington Lombard, 
who died October 19, 1985 Our 
sincere sympathy to all her family, 
and apologies for being so late in 
rendering them. 

Suzette Boutell McLeod and hus- 
band John continue as Publication Ad- 

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visers and AssI Managing Editors of 
the Society of Computer Simulation, 
the technical society which John 
started with her help 30 years ago 
They live near the beach at La Jolla. 
CA and love it, but tore themselves 
away lor a canal boat trip m England 
and Wales and then traveled to VA for 
the ordination of their son, Robert, as 
a Deacon in the Episcopal church. 
Their older son, John, is an architect 
in Washington, DC. and they hope 
that his work in the field of ethics in 
the use of computer modeling and 
simulation by decision makers will 
have beneficial results 

Ethel Hauber Crowe had a wonder- 
ful trip to China However, upon her 
return, a cough picked up there 
developed into viral pneumonia and 
she was laid low tor 6 weeks. Just 
after recovering from pneumonia, she 
had an emergency appendectomy. 
"Am recuperating now The trip was 
fabulous! The rest — blah But was 
lucky the appendix didn't burst." 

Bill and Lucy Gordan Jetfers were 
in Norfolk in July and saw Lu Martin, 
Margaret Ballard Whitehurst and Ann 
Parks, Anne Dearstyne Cornwell 
visited them en route to Scandinavia 
with a Smithsonian group 

John and Jean McKenney Stoddard 
went on the super Sweet Briar trip 
from l^orway to Portugal last July 
They debarked in Bergen to go on the 
Norwegian mail boat to the North Cape 
and beyond. She is busy with the Na- 
tional Cathedral, which entails in- 
teresting trips to Washington Now 
they are |ust back from Canada 

Lee Montague Watts reports the sad 
news of her husband's death, January 
8, 1985, after a brief illness. His 
symptoms first appeared, alas, while 
attending Boxwood Circle lestivites 
She and their son are running his 
company, which was left to her, keep- 
ing her blessedly busy. On the good 
news side is the application of their 
granddaughter, Trevor, to enter SB in 
'87. Trevor's mother, their daughter, 
Gini Wade, is summa cum laude SB 
'63. She and Trevor visited Sweet 
Briar together last summer after 
visiting Sarah Belk Gambrell in 
Charlotte, NC 

Alton and Jean Oliver Sartor en|oyed 
a visit to campus in October — "a 
perfect time to see SBC in its autumn 
glory". They went on to visit two 
sons and their families in Washington, 
DC. and Chapel Hill, NC and Jean's 
brother and sister-in-law in Sarasota, 
FL 

Mary Welles Pearson writes the sad 
news of her husband's sudden death 
in April, "so lite has changed, but my 
art lessons are a lifesaver as I spend 
many evenings painting. Visited 
Gussie Farrier in August and we went 
to see Janie Lewis Kingsbury. Visits 
from my children and granchildren are 
life's high points " 

Kay Bonsall Strong writes happy 
news: "My youngest, Sarah Parlar. 
produced a most precious daughter 
November 21 — named Katharine 

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Bayard lor grandma — called "Kate ". 
She was off December 15 to visit 
daughter Bonnie Berge, husband and 
two "wonderful grandsons " in Johan- 
nesburg lor 2 months. 

I am so glad that Eleanor Claflin 
Williams, who left us freshman year 
for matrimony and art, didn't really 
leave us. She paints as "Claffy 
Williams" — acrylics on canvas and 
paper — and has works exhibited in 
Boston, Dallas, New York and Atlanta 
She is president of the Board of Direc- 
tors of South Shore Art Center (south 
of Boston, MA). 

Anne Dearstyne Cornwell lost her 
sister. Cherry Dearstyne Whiteside '42 
in September, Cherry lived in Rich- 
mond and is survived by three 
children, Anne's daughter, Jane, had 
a son in October — bringing the 
number of grandchldren to seven 
Both Jane and family and daughter 
Anne were to celebrate Christmas '86 
with Anne. 

Thank you all who responded, and 
to you who didn't please do next time 
I'll look forward to hearing from you 
and wish to share your news with all 

Our '89 reunion will be one to 
remember, you know "They" have 
been planning as well as practicing 
these for years We'll have |ust the 
right menus, a beautiful setting and 
all of us together God bless — 



1943 



President 

Brooks Barnes, 63 Warren Ave., 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

Secretary 

Elizabeth Schmeisser Nelson (Mrs 

Karl), 48 Sachem Rd , Weston, CT 

06883 

Fund Agent 

Clare Eager Matthai. (Mrs, Albert D), 

108 Clinton, Whitesboro, NY 

I thank the many of you who made 
this column possible, but next year 
please let's hear from lots more I 
don't even mind writing up your 
cards. 

In September Karl and I attended a 
Cornell Adult University course given 
at the Shoals Marine Lab on Apple- 
dore Is. in the Gull of ME. With two 
Cornell professors and a group of 
interesting people we spent a week 
studying the biology of the gulf, the 
fisheries and the interfacing of the 
two. After the course Karl and I 
traveled by car to the Bay of Fundy, 
Prince Edward Is. and Cape Breton 
Is., NS and then by ferry back to 
Portland, ME from Varmouth, NS. I'm 
still doing the same volunteer work 
and enioying my cairn terriers. 

Sarah Adams Bush was at SBC for 
Alumnae Council and attended the 
Saturday night dinner for the Rider's 
Reunion In July she and Bob traveled 
to England and in August visited all 
their family, including 2 grand- 



children, at a resort in NH and then 
daughter Jeannette in NJ. On their 
way home via Louisville, "Ouija" 
enioyed reuning with 5 SBC alumnae, 
4 from our class. Brooks Barnes is 
busier than she wants to be Not only 
does she still do all the yard work, 
she IS Community Nurse, Board of 
Directors member for Children's 
Hospital, organ search committee 
member and in her church choir. Also 
lots of family and friends visit Brooks. 
Catharine Bracher Leggett reports a 
busy life with children and grand- 
children Her big excitement is the 
anticipation of a trip in January to 
Antarctica, traveling toward the South 
Pole through waves averaging 24 feet 
and icebergs all around Dorothy 
Campbell Maher enpyed the southern 
hospitality of Sarah Belser Eggleston, 
whom she had not seen in 45 years, 
in Columbia, SO. She then traveled to 
Dallas to see 2 sons and to Missouri 
to the college graduation of her 
youngest, cum laude During the sum- 
mer 4 children and families visited 
Dorothy and Jim, even grandchild 
#13, 2-month-old Grant Dolores 
Cheatham James reports a horrid 
year, having broken her foot and her 
back in September. She is almost 
recovered now. "Dodie " enjoyed the 
summer in ME, had a grand lunch 
with Annabelle Forsch Prager (who 
still paints and is represented by a 
couple of galleries) in NYC 

Mary Christian Mulligan lost her 
92-year-old mother m August. "She 
was a fighter to the end." Before 
working at the Chalfonte Hotel for 5 
months "Diddi" took a trip to 
Singapore, Bali and Bangkok. Two 
children live in Portland, ME, One 
teaches at Phillips Academy in 
Andover, MA Virginia Dewing Dorsey 
en|oys golf, bridge and gardening at 
their condo in MA and had a March 
respite in FL. Four grandchildren are 
her greatest |oy. Daughter Susan's 
husband, Ph.D. Cornell, teaches 
science in Stockbridge, MA and 
daughter Martha's husband teaches in 
the math and computer departments, 
Blair Academy, NJ Katherine Doar 
Jones reported that her daughter. 
Kathy, SBC '71, clinical psychologist, 
had a brain aneurism, but miracu- 
lously survived Her mind was not 
affected. She is making good progress 
in her rehabilitation program for her 
paralysis. "Kitty " plans a trip to 
Switzerland and a French barge trip 
for next June 

Deborah Douglas Adams announces 
the birth of their 5th grandchild. Sally 
Bryan Allen visited with Debbie and 
wishes more SB classmates would 
come see her in Brunswick, GA. Clare 
Eager Matthai has just returned from 
a trip to England, partly accompanied 
by son, Chris It was a busy time 
taking in the sights, museums, pubs 
and theatre. After 20 years serving on 
the Board of Children's Hospital, Clare 
IS retinng, but still is active in many 
other volunteer jobs, not to mention 
SBC Fund, letters currently underway. 



Please respond generously Mary Love 
Ferguson Sanders had a month-long 
trip to China — an exciting adventure 
that took her over a great deal of 
China's huge landmass — Canton to 
Beijing, The people were welcoming 
and friendly. The Great Wall was the 
treat of a lifetime Janice Fitzgerald 
Wellons went to the Winter Palace in 
Leningrad, which is dirty and 
unkempt but contains fabulous 
treasures, Janice had a severe heart 
attack on the beach at Fripp Is., SC; 
she was flown by Life Flight 
Helicopter to Duke, had angioplasty, 
now feels fine and expects to start 
teaching piano again soon 

Annabelle Forsch Prager is involved 
with 3 children's orchestras in NYC 
The advanced orchestra played in the 
pit for The Dance Theatre of Harlem, 
She still writes children's books and 
has one about a baseball player, being 
considered now by her publisher. She 
and David enjoy the house on 
Owenoke Is , CT in spite of water 
damage from hurricanes and 2 fires 
Dorothy Friday had a marvelous time 
traveling with 3 friends in Spam and 
Portugal "'Dottle" loves working as a 
volunteer in the St Louis Zoo Friends 
Association office Charlotte Garber 
Rudulph and John are both retired 
and traveling a lot They recently 
drove to NY to see their daughter and 
her new baby girl (3 grandchildren) 
and then to VMI for John's 45th 
Reunion and over to SBC for Charlotte 
to renew her soul in the beauty of the 
place Muriel Grymes Blumenthal 
spends her time between NYC and 
Easton, MD She saw Jeanne 
Claybrook Collier m Md and sees 
Nancy Bean Hector when Nancy 
comes to NYC from Coconut Grove, 
FL "Muie" reports that Patricia 
Robineau McCulloch's children com- 
piled a cookbook for their mother, 
privately printed no less, in which 
"Muie's " peanut butter sandwich 
(which we had at SBC) was 1 of 2 
leading entries 

Byrd Smith Hunter enjoyed a 
houseparty last spring with 6 other 
couples at Wintergreen. The wild 
flowers were beautiful She wishes 
she could see her 5 grandchildren 
often Esther Jett Holland had a fine 
summer with all the family, children 
and grandchildren, together at Virginia 
Beach. The last weekend in Sept- 
ember Caroline Miller McClintock and 
Gales spent the night in Suffolk, VA. 
Friday they all went to Williamsburg 
for a lovely dinner given by SBC for 
over 200 people, many of whom were 
old friends Caroline reports the birth 
of a granddaughter, to their daughter. 
Hunter, on November 14. Esther 
reports that Betty Braxton Preston 
joined the Peace Corps and is in 
Cameroon, West Africa for 2 years. 
Primrose Johnston Craven had her 2 
granddaughters on Cape Cod with her 
for the summer and then flew them 
home to Denver, where she had the 
experience of eating buffalo meat Still 
president of AAUW on Cape Cod, 

Sweet Briar College 



"Primmy" remains on the board of 
Girl Scouts Barbara Jones Hale 

Prentiss announces 2 major events in 
her family: the marriage of son, Sam, 
on a beautiful day in September and 
the impending birth in December of a 
grandchild to son, Tom, who is Sam's 
twin. Sam has designed sets for a 
successful play in LA, and is in 
demand with decorators there 

Bonilee Key Garrett says trying to 
see 11 grandchildren a couple of 
times makes the year fly. She and 
Garin took a delightful trip to Big Bend 
National Park and |ust this week 
returned from Garin's 50th Reunion at 
McCallister, Chattanooga, TN Lucy 
Kiker Jones: I have to write this sad 
note because Lucy wants her friends 
to know. Their youngest daughter. 
Cynthia, died suddenly on October 1 
from a heart attack We extend our 
deepest sympathy Betty Potter Kinne 
Hillyer was busy this summer prepar- 
ing for the wedding of their only 
daughter, which was followed by a 
reception in their garden with dining 
and dancing for 250 guests She and 
Bill are considering a trip to the 
Humane Society to acquire a couple of 
additional dogs. Bill still practices law 
and co-runs the antique shop for the 
Humane Society Betty Potter saw 
Barbara Briggs Quinn recently She is 
still at the Rancha Santa Fe Inn, CA 

Fayette McDowell Wlllett also 
reports "Ouija" Bush's visit to 
Louisville Since Fayette's husband 
has Parkinson's Disease, her activities 
are curtailed and she must spend 
much time nursing. Her grandchildren 
are a real |oy Ann McJunkin Briber 
|ust returned to her home on Amelia 
Is., FL after spending the summer in 
Milwaukee catching up on the grand- 
children. Becky and Brittani. "Junk" 
and Frank are both happy with the 
relaxed lifestyle on Amelia Barbara 
McNeill Yow writes of seeing Camille 
Guyton Guething occasionally Camille 
has a 9 golf handicap Barbara and 
husband Jack took the Orient cruise 
on the Viking Star, highlighted by 
climbing the Great Wall of China. Son 
Randy Blessing (SBC's first boy to 
attend classes) triathlons and is 
becoming a well-known artist. Anne 
Noyes Awtrey had a foot operation in 
August, which made it impossible to 
play golf, but she is working to finish 
her second needlepoint chair Anne 
and Ray went in June to visit Iheir 
daughter and her family in Winston- 
Salem, NC, then in July visited 
cousins in CT. did a bit of genealogy 
and traveled around New England. 
Anne and Ray en|oy gardening and 
playing bridge 

Rozelia Hazard Potter thrives on the 
outdoor life of tennis and swimming in 
FL This summer "Posie" took 
several trips: to VA. to New England 
and then to the West Coast — flew to 
San Francisco, drove and hiked up 
the coast to Victoria, BC "Posie" 
reports that Judy Snow Benoit fights 
her cancer with a wonderful high 
spirit Page Ruth Foster tells us that 

Alumnae Magazine 



she enjoys spoiling her 2 young 
grandsons. Robin's boys, who live 
nearby in Oahu, Other son. Nelson, 
has just returned from a conference in 
Tokyo on Nuclear Free Pacific. Their 
youngest, daughter. Dolly, came from 
CA to celebrate her 30th birthday. 
Afterwards Page and Jim took off for 
the mainland for their annual trip to 
see extended family. Margaret 
Swindell Dickerman believes in travel- 
ing when the opportunity arrives. She 
enjoyed a first class trip on the Delta 
Queen — sponsored by Sweet Briar. 
In May she toured England with a 
small group and later went to Sea 
Island and New Port. 

Anne Tweedy Ardery, Fayette 
McDowell Willet. Helen Lawton 
Mitchell and Jane Lampton Peabody 
gave "Ouija" and Bob Bush an 
enthusiastic welcome when they 
stopped in Louisville Virginia White 
Brinton and Ben went to Meyer 
Beach. FL where they have friends. 
Ben works for Grosvenor Books. Inc , 
London, teaches illiterates and tutors 
French, while "Ginny" is a tour guide 
at St John's Church, where Patrick 
Henry gave his "Give me liberty or 
give me death " speech. Louise 
Woodruff Angst is looking forward to 
Christmas their son. his wife and 
their 2 children are flying from 
Juneau. AK for a three-week visit 
"Weezy" has been busy this year 
losing weight and going to flower 
shows and workshops to qualify as a 
Garden Club of America judge 

Chesley Johnson Dale-Arnurius mar- 
ried a friend of many years (Armond 
Arnurius) in October and gained "2 
more wonderful sons and 3 more 
grandchildren We're looking forward 
to raising Tennessee walking horses 
and traveling ' ' Elizabeth Weems writes 
"My family is proliferating , 
second son, Wharton Weems Westfeldt 
and Nancy just had triplets sons. 

First son Patrick Westfeldt |ust had a 
son to add to his 2 daughters My 
stepson James Oberwetter |ust got 
married to Cheryl Ames I am practic- 
ing architecture, among too many 
other things "" Harriet Pullen Phillips 
reports a good year, "especially 
because of the birth of our first grand- 
child, Elizabeth in October' " Harriet 
spent 12 days ""helping"" care for 
her Harriet and husband bicycled 
through Quebec and VT last summer. 
Elizabeth Shepherd Scott ("Shep") 
has been selling real estate for 16 
years She has 2 daughters living in 
Winston-Salem, NC, who are con- 
nected with the South East Center of 
Contemporary Art and a son living in 
Virginia Beach, who works for Honda, 
VA Beach Marguerite Hume is busier 
than ever She is still in charge of the 
Community Emergency Services Dept. 
for the Louisville area Red Cross. This 
covers innumerable social services. 
She also is in choir church session, 
the Arts Club and does baby-sitting. 



1947 



President 

Katherine Weisiger Osborne (Mrs 

Robert V ), 1349 East Colonial Drive, 

Salisbury, NC. 28144 

Secretary 

Carol Blanton McCord (Mrs Kenneth 

A.). 1010 West Wind Court, Ruxton. 

Maryland 21204 

Fund Agent 

Jane Warner Williams (Mrs D 

Adrian). 3909 South 27th Circle. Fort 

Smith. AR 72901 

In September, Jane Warner 
Williams. Eleanor Crumrine Stewart 

and I drove to Sweet Briar to attend 
Alumnae Council and Reunion Gifts 
Meetings Jane, looking perky and 
stylish, had flown into Washington, 
DC. several days earlier to see the 
town with her daughter-in-law and 
daughter, Carolyn Jane still lives in 
Fort Smith. AR, where she works as a 
realtor. Her husband, Adrian, has 
retired. "Crummie" was coming from 
Bethesda. MD, and I from Baltimore. 

Summer weather at Sweet Briar 
made pleasant our treks to the Wailes 
Center or Bookshop, to Fletcher or 
Prothro Commons. We especially 
enioyed seeing the new Anne Gary 
Pannell Art Center and the Sweet Briar 
Museum. We were fortunate to have 
Ann Marshall Whitley as our guide 
through the museum (her "love"s 
labor") and to en|oy her hospitality. 
She joined us for class meetings, as 
did Judy Burnett Halsey from Rich- 
mond and Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey 
who came by way of Lancaster 
County. VA ""Sammy"" and Doug 
have recently bought a second home 
there, near the Rappahannock River 
Judy brought pictures of her middle 
daughter. Mary Shaw"s marriage last 
Christmas to Robert Marx; they now 
live in New York. 

Meredith Slane Person, Jean Old, 
and Kay Weisiger Osborne were also 
to have joined us, but had to cancel 
due to circumstances beyond their 
control (Meredith had a very impor- 
tant date with her bridegroom, Curtis!) 

""Crummie" swims regularly, has 
her hair cropped very short, looks 
great. She had just returned from the 
annual houseparty at Jean Old"s 
Virginia Beach cottage, where she saw 
Shirley Levis Johnson, Martha Smith, 
Margie Redfern, Nancy Gofer Stacey. 
Jackie Murray Sanner, Ginger Barron 
Summer, and Ann Marshall Whitley. 
"Sash" Hudgins Rice, who was stay- 
ing nearby, joined them for a shrimp 
dinner one evening. 

Last winter. Shirley. Jean and 
'"Crummie"" spent a month in South 
America, crossing the Andes by bus. 
sailing Chilean Waters, touring San- 
tiago. Buenos Aires, and Rio. 
"Fabulous!" 

In October '86. while in Richmond. 
Mac and I spent a wonderful evening 
with Nan Hart Stone and Billy, and 
saw the new house they built down 



the street from their old one Nan 
makes all sorts of things, clothes, 
furnishings, sweaters! Also, tables, 
lamps, etc. from plexiglass; she 
single-handedly paints, prepares walls 
for finishing — you-name-it-she-can- 
do-it. Her youngest son. Sheridan, is 
now in the Antarctic, conducting a 
study of the Adelphi Penguin and the 
Emperor Seal for Scripps Institute. 

Nan attended the SBC Board of 
Directors dinner in Williamsburg in 
September. 

Ginna Walker Christian and her 
husband, daughter, and son-in-law 
took a Smithsonian Tour of China in 
fall 

Fall was also the time of our 10 
days in England for our 40th Wedding 
Anniversary Mac and I drove at a 
leisurely pace through Devon, 
Northern Cornwall and the Cotswolds. 
dividing our time between 2 old Inns, 
one m the West Country the first 5 
days, and the other in a Cotswold 
village 

Traveling with a group of fellow 
artists IS Barbara Golden Pound's 
newest motivation for painting. They 
paint together, then exhibit, scenes or 
landmarks visited Last Christmas 
Barbara was celebrating the birth of 2 
new grandbabies. "one of each!"", 
and also planning to drive with Ginna 
lllges Norman to Miami to visit Ceci 
Herr Perry, who was to be staying 
there. Barbara's oldest son. Garry, a 
professional artist, has received his 
doctorate in Comparative Arts 

Jane-Arthur Etheridge finds attend- 
ing Elder Hostels (Bridgewater Col- 
lege. July '85, Hamilton College, 
August "85) fun and interesting She 
is sorry that she will not make reunion 
this lime as son. David, will be mar- 
ried that weekend to a lovely girl May 
will be an eventful month- her 
youngest son, Garrett, will graduate 
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
the weekend before David's wedding. 
Daughter. Faye. teaches 5th grade. 
Faye and her husband and daughter 
live in Severna Park. MD. ""I am truly 
proud of our children and their 
accomplishments Do hope the com- 
mittee publishes an after-the-fact letter 
similar to one after the last reunion I 
attended "" 

Anne Webb Moses writes that she 
is still enjoying teaching English at 
Polytechnic School in Pasadena. She 
IS on Sabbatical this semester, attend- 
ing Claremont Graduate School to 
learn about helping secondary 
students with reading "and also about 
the relationship of reading and 
writing, a fascinating and fairly new 
field."" She adds, "George and I are 
lucky enough to be healthy and enjoy- 
ing our work, our adult children and 
each other." Jackie Murray Sanners 
card added that after the Virginia 
Beach mini reunion, she traveled to 
NY and Westport. CT to catch up with 
her children, plus lots of art and 
opera. She is now "back to earth... 
scrubbing a derelict house plus quite 
a bit of sculpture and pastel 

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portraits." She will begin teaching 
pastels at the art center in January. 
Justine Arnold Linforlh writes 
"Justine and Edward Linlorth (ex. 
asst prof ) increased their brood by 2 
after leaving Sweet Briar: Justine 
Ingersoll and Katharine Gordon " They 
now have 6 grandchildren, are living 
happily in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL and 
will celebrate 50 Wedding Anniversary 
June 19 "with a bash"' 

Maria Tucker Bowerfind tells of a 
wonderful trip to France and England 
last summer. Youngest son. Bill, is a 
freshman at U.Va. and loves it; 
daughter Janie hopes to enter medical 
school next fall; Tuck is teaching 7th 
and 8th grades at a Montesson 
School, coaching, swimming and into 
bil<e racing; Peter is working at a 
hospital and into karate 

Our deepest sympathy to Aimee Des 
Pland McGirt whose husband, Vance, 
died suddenly while visiting at a 
friend's house on All Saints' Day 
"Our 9th Anniversary would have 
been on December 27. .1 find that my 
teaching is a blessing as it keeps me 
so busy Am hoping for a college 
position nearby... Hope to make it to 
Reunion in May!" 

See all of you in May at 40th Re- 
union: COME. 



1951 



President 

Mary Pease Fleming (Mrs Rives, Jr ), 

6116 St Andrew's Lane, Richmond, 

VA 23226 

Secretary 

Diane Richmond Simpson (Mrs 

William Taylor), 1318 Navaio Court, 

Louisville, KY 40207 

Fund Agent 

Joan Motter Andersen (Mrs George 

L ), 4100 Goshen Road, t^ewton 

Square, PA 19073 

Thanks to all who wrote — I 
haven't had so much mail for years 
— my mailman is most impressed and 
I feel so loved- In fact the ]ob was 
great until I read the instructions from 
the Alumnae Office. Now I proceed 
with great trepidation, so please 
disregard poor punctation and split 
infinitives Grammar and spelling were 
never my thing. 

Carol Rolston Toulmin describes her 
life "down on the farm" as "dull and 
humdrum " — to me it sounds 
anything but — her activities are 
United Way, helping organize a Food 
Bank, working with an Episcopal 
Retirement Home and tutoring in an 
adult education program in a 
distressed area of Montgomery, AL 
She loves bridge, gardening, and her 
animals. Carol takes 2 trips a year — 
1 with a museum group and 1 for 
pure fun — such as a white water 
trip down the Salmon River 

Mary Pease Fleming, Ann Sheldon 
Taylor and Seymour Laughon Rennolds 

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shared a soggy summer in Richmond, 
VA — though Seymour beat the heat 
by going to Ireland in June. Mary and 
her family (including 5 children under 
4) were at Virginia Beach during Hur- 
ricane Charley She and Rives 
celebrated their 35th wedding anni- 
versary — and Rives' and Seymour's 
husband John's 60th birthdays. 

Janet Broman Dingle's summer was 
a steady stream of visitors including 
children (5 between them), their 
spouses and grandchildren. Her 
younger daughter and husband |ust 
returned from a mission project in 
Japan. Her older daughter and hus- 
band expect their 3rd child in March. 
Janet and husband Lawrence plan to 
spend the first three months of 1987 
in FL near Janet's parents and sister. 

Mary Bardin Lyon earned a 
Master's degree and is a school 
psychologist in Jacksonville, FL. Her 
youngest child is a veterinarian getting 
ready to go back for a second doc- 
torate Her daughter is in CO— work- 
ing on a doctorate in environmental 
biology — and her oldest is in CA 
doing research for Xerox — preparing 
to study for a doctorate. 

Two of Etta Craig Dick Shurley's 3 
daughters are married to lawyers — 
and live in Rock Hill, S.C. as does 
3rd daughter Husband Harris had 
maior surgery in March, but is doing 
well now — and they have enioyed 
trips to the beach, mountains and to 
Boston and Cape Cod 

Patty Lynas Ford and husband, 
Dick, were in England in June visiting 
friends and enjoying concerts — then 
on to France where Patty brushed up 
on her 35-year-old French. She and 
Dick had a marvelous reunion with 
Ruth and Julie Micou Eastwood and 
husband Dick They stayed in a B &B. 
owned by an SBC alum — and en- 
ioyed bird watching Ruth Magee 
Peterson is still playing "Marian the 
Librarian" at Ladue High School while 
husband Walt enjoys early retirement 
Her youngest child, Diane, graduated 
from Perdue in Industrial Engineering. 
She and Walt had a marvelous 3'/? 
week tour in Sweden, Norway and 
Denmark chasing down Walt's 
relatives 

Dorothy Marks Herbruck Muff 



writes that reunion was the recent 
highlight in her life. They went from 
SBC to NY for 2 weeks in the Big 
Horn Mountains. They also had a nice 
visit with Nancy Pesek Rasenberger in 
Washington, DC. 

Ann Red Barstow has sold her 
school after 10 years — it became too 
big and successful leaving too little 
time for her 5 grandchildren. She 
belongs to "2 tennis leagues to keep 
body in shape — tutors H.S. and col- 
lege to keep mind in shape and 
spends summers in the Rocky Moun- 
tains to keep spiritual self in shape." 
Georgia Dreisbach Kegley returned to 
school for her masters — is a reading 
specialist and loves teaching — but 
60 diagnostic tests and narrative 
report cards prevented her from 
attending reunion Lynn McCullough 
Gush and husband Gerald enjoy 2 labs 
and a flourishing flower garden. They 
visited N.Y.C. and Montreal last year, 
and are trying out a new car on a trip 
to Denver. Lynn's piano students 
"grow lazier every year" so she 
arranges more duo performances lor 
herself and partner. Lynn takes 4 
hours of ballet weekly. 

Katharine Phinizy MacKie missed 
reunion because her daughter was 
married in June Jean Randolph Bruns 
— "Randi " is on a trip around the 
world — attending son's wedding to a 
lovely Thai woman — visiting Mona 
Wilson Beard in Honolulu — friends in 
l^airobi, Paris and London. She is 
moving back to Alexandria, VA in 
March Marilyn Feller Simon and hus- 
band Jack have been married 37 
years. They have 2 daughters, a 
lawyer in f^ew York, and the other in 
car leasing business with Jack. She 
has 3 grandchildren. Marilyn works in 
special education — easing students 
with hearing impairments and learning 
disabilities into the mainstream 

Rosalie Barringer Wornham — 
"Pinkie" IS still a Californian — still 
married to same old husband trying to 
keep up with what's really happening 
by working with bright adolescents at 
the Bishop's School as Director of 
Admissions and senior class advisor. 
She has 3 children, Wendy, 31. a 
pediatrician; Cindy, 30, Director of 
Marketing for A F S. International in 



NY ; and Tommy, 25, a V P at Wells 
Fargo Bank 

Monna Simpson MacLellan is in 
Youth Ministry in the Episcopal 
Church — was unable to attend re- 
union because of a conference Mary 
Jane Ericksen Ertman works in the 
Alumnae Office at Wellesley Nedra 
Greer Stimpson's daughter was mar- 
ried last summer. Eleanor Davis 
Boardman was unable to attend 
reunion because she and her husband 
fish in the Adirondacks every May. 
Jane Moorefield is still working full 
time as a chemist for the South 
Carolina Highway Department and still 
decorating her 2-year-old townhouse 
Jane has had some health problems 
but says she is fine now. 

Betty Browder Nibley has become a 
grandmother again Stottdert Browder 
Nibley was born to son Stuart and his 
wile Elizabeth on September 25. Betty 
loves her job as a medical librarian at 
George Washington U 

Betty Brawner Bingham moved last 
summer only 5 miles away Then she 
was off on a flying trip around the 
world — Indonesia, Singapore, 
Malayasia. One of Betty's sons just 
bought a home in Richmond, VA; her 
second son builds roads in New 
Orleans, LA and her 3rd son is a 
senior in College. Sue Lockley Glad is 
still commuting to Sacramento, CA to 
work for the governor. All is well with 
Sue's family — they are scattered 
from Los Angeles, to Sacramento, to 
Little Rock, Palo Altos and Rochester, 
NY Marcy Staley Marks and husband 
John spent 6 months in Italy last 
winter and spring. John was on a 
sabbatical doing research on the men- 
tal health situation in Italy since all 
Italian mental hospitals were closed in 
1980. Marcy enjoyed studying Italian 
language and art. 

Terry Faulkner Phillips reports 
"nothing new but continuous dog 
obedience classes for SPCA. Combina- 
tion of owners and dogs makes for a 
challenge'" After 3'/? years in 
Brussels, where husband, David, was 
the Ambassador to NATO, Carolyn 
Sample Abshire has returned to Alex- 
andria, VA, having loved the life and 
all the experiences of living abroad. 
Jody Kuehnle Kaufman writes. Sorry 
to have missed the big 35th, hope to 
be there for the (egad') 40th I am 
coping well with cancer diagnosed in 
late 1985 and treated in 1985-86. 

The Louisville crew fine — I shall 
write more about us next time. Begin 
to plan for Reunion '91 ! 



1955 



President 

Shirley Sutlilf Cooper (Mrs Clarke T , 

Jr ), 6127 Vernon Terrace, Alexandria, 

VA 22307 

Secretary 

Kathryn B. Beard, 1074 Zanzibar 

Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 

Sweet Briar College 



Fund Agent 

Sue Lawton Mobley (Mrs John H II), 
4348 Sentinel Post Road NW, Atlanta. 
GA 30327 

Looks like I'm getting the hang of 
this — your response gets better 
every year! I'm sure this is an indica- 
tion of a similarly super response to 
Sue Lawton Mobley's fund request! 

II is always my aim to include 
everyone who makes the effort to 
write so forgive my brevity and I'll try 
again not to leave out anyone I've 
been feeling guilty all year because I 
didn't include Kathleen Peeples 
Pendleton in the list of those attending 
reunion. Fortunately, you couldn't 
miss her in the class picture First. 
and most important in her year was 
the birth of Mary Kate Bell in May to 
daughter Katie and her husband, Jeff 
Bell- Her other big news is the house 
she is building in Brevard. NC — we 
are all invited to visit' She isn't far 
from Frances Bell Shepherd and 
Jimmy and their year-old house at 
Cataloochee Ranch above Maggie. NC 
They are really enioying it. Frances's 
children are both in college — Jim is 
a senior at Sewanee and Margaret, a 
junior at Vanderbilt, Margaret spent a 
semester in Aix-en-Provence. pro- 
viding the Shepherds with an excuse 
for a wonderful trip. 

Lots of new grandchildren this year 
— Barbara Plamp Hunt and George's 
first, Ryan James Hunt, was born in 
California in April to son Paul and his 
wife. Jem Barb also wrote that they 
are planning a trip in January to visit 
their new "companion diocese " in 
Northern Brazil 

Almost-2-year-old Mitchell London 
is the apple of Barbara Garforth 
Jackson's eye. He is the son of 
daughter Eve and Gary London. Babs 
and Ivey had a fabulous cruise to 
Alaska this past summer 

Also in Alaska for several weeks in 
July and August. Amanda McThenia 
lodice and Don, with son James, were 
visiting Don. Jr.. the commercial (King 
Crab) fisherman. They drove where 
there were roads, flew to Eskimo 
villages, took a white-water raft trip 
with Manda's niece who was guiding 
for her summer job. fished off Kodiak 
and watched "60 Minutes" tell them 
that their son's profession is the most 
dangerous in the world! 

In July. Betsy Stevens Sutton and 
Bob welcomed Christopher Lalonde 
Nowak. son of their daughter. Anne. 
Bob lost both his parents this year so 
the Suttons have a second home in 
Florida and are doing lots of com- 
muting Betsy IS also hoping for a trip 
to Australia and New Zealand (with a 
stop in California to visit son John and 
daughter Holly) in January 

"Lovely, smart and talented" 
Morgan Ann Korbel. born in Farm- 
ington. CT, last April may be an SBC 
candidate in a few years, according to 
her grandmother Mary Anne Love 
Morgan. Mary Anne is busy working 
with the local cable TV station and 



designing church banners She and 
Garner live in Summit. NJ 

Kathleen Button GInn and L H 
report that L H.V, is an adorable 
almost 2-year-old. His daddy. Holmes, 
is a helicopter instructor pilot at the 
Army Aviation School at Ft Rucker. 
AL. The Ginns' daughter. Scottie, is 
with IBM in white Plains. NY. 
Kathleen is traveling a lot with L.H. in 
connection with his Army Reserve job. 

Both Betty Sanford Molster and 
Meta Space Moore are expecting 
grandchildren this winter Betty and 
Chuck already have two and she loves 
taking care of them when she gets the 
chance, Meta's daughter. Susan, will 
present her with her first grandchild 
in Chicago in November Meta loves 
being in her new home in Savannah 
Her daughter. Margaret is in New 
York with Chemical Bank and son 
Allston IS a senior at SMU in Dallas, 

More babies due in February and 
March will make grandmothers of 
Petsy Gautler Mezey and Patty McClay 
Boggs. Patty and Flip's son. Cliff, and 
his wife life in Detroit so babysitting 
will be convenient Their daughter. 
Nancy, is an assistant Tennis Pro at a 
club in Chapel Hill and her parents 
have decided it's a lovely vacation 
spot! For Petsy and Cliff, who still 
commute between Detroit and Coral 
Gables. FL. baby-spoiling will require 
a special trip as son Wade is with 
IBM in Chicago' Petsy's daughter 
Peyton was married last winter and 
lives in Denver. They also have a 
daughter in New York and two sons in 
Florida so trips are frequent. Their 
month in Europe last summer was 
highlighted by THE tournament at 
Wimbleton. 

Other expectant grandparents are 
Phyllis Herndon Brissenden and Walter 
who are planning to breed their "little 
girl" this winter. If anyone is 
interested in acquiring a Jack Russell 
terrier in the spring, let them know! 

Traveling in Europe last summer 
were Charlotte Orr Moores and Jon 
and their whole family Daughter 
Jeanie lives in London and works tor 
the American College of London, 
Oldest son Robert is an assistant Vice 
President at Amsouth Bank m Hunts- 
ville and has been on the go in 
Europe for business and pleasure Son 
Jack, a senior at Vanderbilt. spent the 
summer at the American Embassy in 
Pans and daughter Louise, also at 
Vanderbilt this year, was an exchange 
student in Sweden Charlotte enjoyed 
visiting with Evelyn Sanders Haugen 
whose son. George, was married in 
Decatur last summer George and his 
wife left in July for two years in Zaire 
where they will be assistant house 
parents in a Presby-Methodist Youth 
Hostel There should be an exotic 
vacation for Evelyn sometime soon. 

Speaking of exotic vacations. Anne 
Lyn Harrell Welsh and Bill had one in 
March when they took two of their 
daughters on safari in Kenya. They 
were back in time for the graduations 
of the other two in May — one from 



VA Tech and the other from the U of 
Richmond 

Mitzi Streit Halla and Roman were 
anticipating a November trip to New 
Zealand Most of their overseas travel- 
ing this year was done separately; 
Roman to Europe and Mitzi. in the 
other direction, to China and Hawaii. 
Son Kenneth is a graduate student at 
Boston U and still a very active 
distance runner, competing all over 
the country. Brian, a senior at Duke 
majoring in Russian area studies, 
spent 6 weeks in the USSR and 5 
weeks at sea with the Navy last 
summer 

Martha Hedeman Buckingham and 
Dick are still doing plenty of traveling 
and were looking forward to an 
October trip to China, Hong Kong and 
Bangkok Now that both children are 
educated. Marty is trying to get the 
dog through obedience training 

Only the two youngest of their big 
brood. Peter and Christian, are left at 
home with Emma Thune Parker and 
Riggs. When Peter graduates in the 
spring, the four of them plan to take 
off in their Shannon 43 ketuh to 
explore the Bahamas and Caribbean 
for a year 

Also headed for tropical climes. DidI 
Stoddard will spend Thanksgiving in 
Jumby Bay. Antigua, with her family. 
Her busy summer began with two 
weeks of gourmet eating in France, 
from Paris to Brittany and back This 
trip was immediately followed by 
emergency surgery, during and after 
which she lost the weight she gained 
in France, A week of camping with 
one other adult and two 12-year-olds 
in September has convinced me that 
physically she is fine again but I do 
question her mental state! 

Sandy Rhodes Berglund and Don 
moved to Crested Butte, CO. last 
winter and are building near a ski 
area. Sandy is taking weaving at 
Western State and Don is studying 
art. 

A "new " house is keeping Gary 
Fox Fisher busy. She and Peter 
moved from one built in 1692 to 
another built in 1840, Their two oldest 
children are married and the 
youngest, Elizabeth, is a junior at 
UVA Also at UVA. Peggy West Valen- 
tine and Henry's son. Ned. will 
graduate in the spring. Ida is still 
working in Atlanta so they feel for- 
tunate to have Margy and Henry III 
working in Richmond. 

The fund-raising consulting firm of 
Haas Coxe & Alexander that Frankle 
Marbury Coxe owns has grown from 7 
employees in 1979 to 40 and its gross 
annual income has topped $2 million 
Obviously, she's keeping busy and 
doing a great job. Their daughter, 
Molly, is married, living in Vermont 
and writing children's books. Harper 
and Row will publish "Petunia and 
the Yellow Balloon" in 1987. Tench 
Jr IS now in San Francisco as 
Marketing Vice President for Cohesive, 
an Atlanta-based high-tech firm. 

Nella Gray Barkley and Rutus have 



opened a shop in Charleston. SC. 
called "L'Unique" where "everything 
IS special and can't be gotten 
anywhere else in the area " Their 
daughter-in-law, Helen, is the 
manager. They feature women's 
clothes and accessories for men and 
women, Msot of the items are de- 
signed in Europe 

Susan Hayward Collins' Briar Patch 
Designs is enjoying greater success all 
the time. She spends all her time 
doing accessories seminars tor local 
stores and community groups Let her 
know if you want information about 
her line 

Dede Crater Pearse is busier than 
ever with two radio stations for the 
handicapped. She started the second 
one in Tucson a year ago and travels 
down there from Phoenix for a few 
days each week. Despite bad 
economic news from Texas. Catherine 
Cage Bruns writes that her business 
at Texas First Brokerage is booming. 
They recently took on the brokerage 
business for American General 
Insurance nationwide 

Another successful business is Joan 
Fankhauser Burrell's stationery 
boutique. "On Occasions." which 
expanded to a second location in 
October In connection with her 
business she frequently travels to New 
York. She is always there at the St. 
Moritz the third week in May and 
would love to hear from anyone in the 
vicinity She and daughter Linda play 
a lot of tennis Linda won the 
Women's Metropolitan Tournament in 
Cincinnati this year and Linda and 
Joan won the Mother-Daughter. 

Pat Smith Ticer is still busy being 
Vice Mayor of Alexandria, selling a 
little real estate and playing tennis. 
Their daughter, Margaret, was married 
a year ago and is a CPA with Price 
Waterhouse in Norfolk where her hus- 
band is practicing law Daughter 
Catherine works in White Plains. NY, 
and Virginia is a sophomore at UVA 
Son John received his MBA from Dart- 
mouth last spring along with Nancy 
Douthat Goss's son. Ned. f\lancy wrote 
that she and Anne Williams 
Manchester are taking a course at the 
Boston Museum of Fine Arts that will 
teach them all they never quite 
grasped about Western Art at SBC. 
From Anne came the news that John 
Updike's The Witches ot Eastwick was 
filmed in Cohasset in August. She ad- 
vises everyone to concentrate on the 
scenery and ignore the story! She was 
on hand in Cold Spring. NY. last May 
for the wedding of Jane Feltus 
Welch's son. along with Pam Compton 
Ware. Phyllis Joyner and Ethel Green 
Banta. 

From both Anne and Douthat, as 
well as Bar Hunt and Bexy Faxon 
Knowles came reports of the now 
infamous lobster test in Maine The 4 
of them, with husbands and Lydia 
Plamp Plattenburg, were hosted by 
Shirley Sutliff Cooper and Tom for 
another gala mini-reunion Bexy wrote 
that she and Bob are both tapering off 



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39 



and getting down to serious retirement 
planning. She is still a director ol the 
Portland Board of Realtors, and the 
Tri-State Graduate Realtors Institute 
but IS trying to slow down her 
brokerage activity, Bexy's sister-m-law 
is one ol Lydia's best friends, Lydia 
also gets together regularly with Gene 
Smith. 

Gail Davidson Bazzarre and John 
have all their family educated and out 
of the nest and are finally finding time 
and funding for their own pro|ects, 
Gail IS redecorating, which doesn't 
thrill John but then he didn't care for 
the alternative either — moving! Gail 
and her sister, Margery Davidson 
Rucker '51 are planning a June trip to 
England and Scotland, 

Liz Rector Keener wrote that she 
and Ross are now in Newport News 
where he is rector of St, George's 
Episcopal Church, Son Ross III is in 
Orlando. FL, working at Disney World, 
which provides an excuse for wonder- 
ful January vacations for his parents' 

Still busy with numerous community 
projects, Pat Kilmer Norris is now also 
a Cable TV producer and compcrad a 
course for portable equipment last 
summer. Daughter Melissa was mar- 
ried in October, 1985. and son Ben is 
a freshman at Valparaiso U, in 
Indiana, 

With all three children at Dartmouth 
this year. Elise Wachenfeld dePapp 
has more time to spend with her 
horses, which she rides almost daily. 
Daughter Anne is a third-year medical 
student. John is in the Thayer School 
of Engineering, and Erica is a 
freshman, Elise visited Ruth Campbell 
Vanderpoel at Lake Winnepesaukee, 
MH, where Ruth and Charlie still 
spend their summers. Their son, Jim, 
is learning the trucking business and 
taking over for his father Daughter 
Leigh is married and teaches 5th 
grade Both live nearby and are a 
great help to Ruth, 

Volunteer work is filling Kay 
Roberts McHaney's time now that 
both Stephen and Camille are at St, 
Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, 
She is on the Citizens' Hospital board 
and is still the only woman on the 
Victoria College board. Son Gordon 
graduated from law school in May and 
IS practicing in Austin and Scott is a 
sophomore at Westminster College in 
Fulton. MO, 

More from the busy volunteer 
department Mary Boyd Murray 
Trussell was working on the search 
committee for a rector for their church 
as well as serving as a trustee for 
Trinity Episcopal School for the 
Ministry, She and George en|oy scuba 
diving at Harbor Island, Dede Harrison 
Austin keeps busy with hospital board 
and garden club She and Larry en|oy 
tennis and hunting Their youngest. 
Jim. IS a senior at Duke; Lisa is mar- 
ried and living m Sarasota, FL; and 
Larry, Jr . and his wife are in Grosse 
Pointe Honey Addington Passano. 
without a wedding to plan this year, 
put her organizational efforts into the 

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SBC Alumnae luncheon at the Gibson 
Island Club, which was attended by 
classmates Pat Ticer and Shirley 
Cooper, She also enpyed catching up 
with Nella Barkley over lunch in New 
York, 

Retia Jelks Vance wrote from 
Savannah that all three of their 
daughters graduated from the U, of 
Tennessee, Julie is with Tennessee 
Eastman Co, in Kingsport: Retta lives 
in Charlotte. tJC, and works for Gallo 
Wine: and Helen is with Arkansas 
Best Freight in Huntsville, AL, 

Lee Fiducia Hartmann and Ruedi 
love being in Florida after all those 
bitter Minnesota winters, (and she 
doesn't mind gloating either!) Denice 
finished her MA and has a wonderful 
|ob as a mental health counselor in 
Jacksonville, Greg is a project 
manager for Interlake in Chicago and 
Eric is in college in Florida, 

Diane Johnson DeCamp headed 
back to England on the QE2 in 
October and planned to visit villages 
in the Cotsworlds and look for anti- 
ques, returning on the SagatjorO m 
time for the holidays Barbara 
McLamb Lindemann and I had a 
wonderful trip too In July we took the 
train from Winnipeg to Banff and Lake 
Louise and then on to Vancouver and 
Victoria, We enpyed one spectacular 
sight after another in the Canadian 
Rockies, then wore ourselves out at 
Expo '86 and the Butchart Gardens! 

In the gracous living department, it 
was fun to see the pictures in the NY 
Times Magazine in October of the 
mouth-watering Thanksgiving dinner 
served by Emily Coxe Winburn to 
Craig Claiborne, It looks like southern 
hospitality at its finest And, do y'all 
know that Ethel Banta is now mistress 
of Hope Farm in Natchez? Listed in 
the National Register ol Historic 
Places, Hope Farm was built in 1774 
and added onto in 1789, The house is 
open daily as well as on the 
Pilgrimage tour Ethel runs a Bed & 
Breakfast in the guest wing and we're 
all invited' Barbara is already planning 
our southern tour. 

(Addenda: The following late news 
was received in the alumnae otiice 
Phyllis Herndon Brissenden sent us 
the sad news that Walter died on 
October 13, They only had 8'/? years 
together but Phyllis said they packed 
more into them than some people do 
into 25, 

Mrs Robert G Lindsey, mother ol 
Jane Lindsey Riddell who died in 
1979, wrote to give us news of Jane's 
3 daughters, Mary is still in the Air 
Force, Cathy in Silicon Valley, and 
Carol, the youngest, finished in ac- 
counting at Spring Hill College in 
Mobile, AL, Mrs Lindsey would love 
to come back to Sweet Briar, 

Renis Siner Paton's business. 
Heritage Sales and Appraisals, is now 
5 years old and growing nicely, 
Renis's daughter Polly, a senior at 
SBC, will be looking for a job in 
biology this spring Twin daughters 
Katie and Sarah are juniors at 



Chatham Hall Camille Williams Yow's 

daughter, Camille, is marrying Robert 
McDuffie, a concert violinist, and they 
will live in NY. 



1959 



President 

Ann Pegram Harris (Mrs, Byron), 517 

Arden-at-Argonne, Atlanta, GA 30305 

Secretary 

Rew (BambI) Price Carne (Mrs Rew 

P), 533 S, Sierra Ave,, #139, Solana 

Beach, CA 92075 

Fund Agent 

Mary Blair Scott Valentine (Mrs F 

Stuart, III). 4901 Charmian Road. 

Richmond. VA 23226 

Greetings from San Diego, Betsy 
Smith White writes she saw Judy 
Sorley Chalmers & Doug at Davidson 
where both have daughters in their 
lunior year, Betsy's daughter Margaret 
is a senior there and Elizabeth. 
Davidson '85, was married June 14th 
to Al Diekeus Ann Eagles Carrell's 
son William is also at Davidson in his 
freshman year, Ann is serving as 
secretary-treasurer of the Carroll fami- 
ly business which is celebrating its 
93rd year Ginny Robinson Harris is 
taking a computer course in addition 
to master gardening and interior 
design work Daughter Whitney is a 
lunior at SBC and studying to be a 
veterinarian. Son Carter is doing field 
work in geological engineering, 

Rachel Bok Goldman loves Chicago 
where she and Allen moved last year 
Rachel is involved in the contemporary 
art scene in Chicago, but manages to 
get back to Philadelphia to see family 
and attend Curtis Institute board 
meetings. Their 5 sons are well and 
busy. Gay Hart Gaines and Stanley are 
enioying their country house in 
Princeton. NJ, Gay will be on the 
presidential campaign trail for former 
Gov, Pete du Pont full-time for the 
next 2 years, 

Betsy Colwill Wiegers is enioymg art 
school Snowden Durham Kisner was 
in NYC to see Betsy and Di Doscher 
Spurdle and reports that Betsy is 
quite an accomplished artist, Snowden 
and husband Chuck headed Charles 
Town's bicentennial celebration last 
June which took 9 months of hectic 
planning. Son Kenneth is now a 
senior at William & Mary where he is 
a "walk on " for the basketball team 

Tabb Thornton Farinholt s daughter 
Mary Blair graduated from SBC in 
May and was featured in Sports 
Illustrated (7/14/86) for her record as 
an All-American lacrosse player Tabb 
plans to see Ann Young Bloom when 
she visits Mary Blair at her new )ob in 
Bryn Mawr. PA On a recent trip to 
see son Bart in Atlanta. Tabb visited 
with Polly Space Dunn. Polly is busy 
raising two daughters, ages 13 & 17 
Polly visited the Burgundy wine coun- 
try in France and spent a week in 



London, During Christmas you can 
find the Dunns on the slopes at Vail, 
CO, 

Monte Barker FIske sends word 
that both sons John (Trinity '85) and 
Tory (Colby Col, '86) have graduated 
Monte spends as much time as possi- 
ble at their house on Lake Win- 
nipesaukee, NH Ann Smith Heist and 
husband own a clothing and retail 
center in Jacksonville, FL, They con- 
sidered a relocation to either Australia 
or New Zealand, but a recent trip con- 
vinced them to stay in FL Daughter 
Mandy is a freshman at SMU, Ann 
sees Cookie Payne Hudgins occa- 
sionally and reports Cookie s gourmet 
shop is thriving Irish Chandler Burns 
bought a motor home 2 years ago and 
has enioyed tounng the country, Trish 
visited SBC last year lor the first time 
in 19 years. Her daughter Patty is a 
sophomore at U, of Alabama and 
Meredith is a freshman at Belmont in 
Nashville, Son Andy, 13, is "into " 
basketball and is already 5'11", 

Connie Fitzgerald Lange's grant 
with the American Swedish Historical 
Museum in Philadelphia has concluded 
after a rewarding year. Daughter 
Sarah is a senior at Colgate and doing 
honors in her major, Merri Hagerty 
Rumrill has completed a graduate pro- 
gram in landscape design at 
Georgetown and started her own 
business after raising 4 children. 
Marge McCollum Tillman continues as 
head of the upper school at Schenck 
School in Atlanta and has completed 
her PhD, dissertation in educational 
psychology, 

Mary Blair Scott Valentine enioyed a 
trip to Italy in the tall of '85 with Jane 
Ellis Covington ('60) Betsy Pender 
Trundle ('58) and Mary Waller 
Berkeley Fergusson ('50), Mary 
Blair's daughter Grace is a freshman 
at Hollins, Liz Chambers Burgess has 
been promoted to executive director of 
Child Development Centers of 
Tidewater, a United Way agency. Hus- 
band Chuck IS dean of the College of 
Arts & Letters at Old Dominion U 
Liz's daughter Beth is a college 
sophomore and one son. Chuck is a 
senior at Norfolk Academy, He's in 
the same class and car pool with 
Virginia MacKethan Kitchin s son 
Cameron, 

Evelyn Moore Horton and Ham are 
busy harvesting varieties of vegetables 
and grapes at their 1830 Moravian 
farm house in Greensboro Their 
daughter Rosalie graduated from UNC- 
Chapel Hill and now lives in San 
Diego Ali Wood Thompson wrote from 
Kihei, Maui where she was looking 
after their 2 beachfront condominiums, 
Ali also maintains an active life in 
Seattle Sue Wedderburn Murray and 
husband are restoring an old water 
mill north of their home m Edinburgh, 
It was a "shell " when they started. 
Sue has a full-time position teaching 
mentally handicapped children Their 
eldest, Dr, Keith, is spending a year 
in New Zealand Son Alan, 20, is stu- 
dying medicine at St, Andrews and 

Sweet Briar College 



daughter Gillian, 23, creates and 
retails fine l<nitwear. 
Ethel "Ess" Bruner Campbell and 

Carl are happily settled in a newly 
remodeled home in Knoxville Ess con- 
tinues to teach piano, I was hoping to 
see Ann Wimbisli Kasanin when Mark 
was m San Diego on business, but 
plans kept Ann m San Francisco, 
Their eldest. Marc, is now 21, While 
Ann and Mark were in the Far East 
last spring, they visited Shanghai and 
Macau, Ann had lived there as a child 
and this was her first trip back in 
over 30 years. The Kasanins went to 
Maui in Nov. '86 for the Maritime Law 
Association meeting They met Lynn 
Adams Clark '61 and her husband, 
Morton, there and the 4 of them flew 
over to Lanai, which is due to be 
developed, to get a last look at it in 
its unchanged state, 

I had a three-hour laugh-in with 
Ann Young Bloom last December when 
she and Larry were in La Jolla, CA 
visiting Ann's sister, Ann, Larry and a 
family group ot 10 took a cruise down 
the west coast of Mexico over 
Christmas, Ann is very busy with the 
Philadelphia Orchestra 

Susan Perry Farmer and I got 
together for a game ot golf and din- 
ner, Susan enioyed seeing the scrap- 
book from the 25th reunion and 
reminiscing about SBC days. After two 
years in CA I'm getting settled into a 
routine. Most of my time is consumed 
with work as a stockbroker, San 
Diego is a golfer's paradise with 30 
public courses so I don't have to tell 
you where I am when not working I 
was back m Chicago m Sept, to com- 
plete the sale of my apartment there 
and attend my niece's wedding, Elinor 
and I will be in Freeport, GB for 
Thanksgiving, 

Addenda: The following late news 
was received in the alumnae office 
Pat Davis Sutker visited Sweet Briar 
tor the first time since graduation this 
October, She and her husband 
stopped by one afternoon and she 
said it looks even more beautiful than 
when she was a student, Mary Cooke 
Carle is still working at West Park 
Hospital in Philadelphia Rebecca, 15, 
loves boarding at the Westtown School 
in PA where she enjoys hockey and 
violin, Mary spent a week with 
Snowdon Kisner in NC in Sept. 
Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb's son, 
George, is a freshman at Davidson 
and is a classmate of Anne Eagles 
Carrell's son, William, and Christopher 
Clarke, son of Kate Wood Clarke '65, 
daughter of Elizabeth Bond Wood 
Elizabeth (Lipscomb) en|oyed seeing 
Anne, Betsy Smith White and Ruth 
MacKie Gabay '58 on Davidson's 
Parents' Weekend (Ruth's daughter is 
there too). 

From numerous newspaper reports, 
the alumnae office heard that 
Elizabeth's and Lloyd's eldest son, 
William Lipscomb, was chosen as one 
of the 1987 Rhodes Scholars; he is 
one of 2 Virginians among the 32 
Americans chosen The Americans will 



join Rhodes Scholars from 17 other 
countries at Oxford University in 
England: William, a senior and a 
physics major at Duke, will study 
physics and philosophy at Oxford for 2 
years. 

Victoria Anne IVIeeks Blair-Smith 
went back to work after 17 years — 
she is assistant librarian at the kids' 
high school, BB&N, in Cambridge, 
MA. "Now I get to live the life of a 
working parent with 2 teenagers!" 
Ann Pegram Harris urges all to save 
that Big weekend in May of '89 to 
come to Reunion. "Circle it now in 
your head and do not go off then on 
world tours or attend your child's 
wedding, etc ' Virginia Ramsey 
Crawford and Mac toured Italy in the 
spring. Mac continues to work as a 
hospital administrator in Danbury, CT, 
while Virginia works "on the front 
lines" of education as a school 
librarian/media specialist in Green- 
wich. They are expecting a second 
grandchild soon. In San Francisco, 
Gretchen Smith Falk works lor Califor- 
nia Book Auction Galleries. She 
published an article describing some 
of the rare books auctioned by her 
company (eg. first editions of Heinlein 
and Tolkien) in Bookman's Weekly. 
Clifton, NJ. 



1963 



President 

Allison Stemmons Simon (Mrs Heinz 

K), Bebo Travel Agency, 1431 Motor 

St., Dallas, TX 75207 

Secretary 

Elizabeth (Lisa) Wood Hancock (Mrs 

Edward H., Jr.), 3819 Royal Blvd., 

Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Fund Agent 

Nancy Roberts Pope (Mrs James), 

12859 Town and Four. Creve Couer. 

MO 63141 

Your class secretary has been in 
the habit of sharing news in alpha- 
betical order. This time I will abandon 
that plan and be somewhat geograph- 
ical. But don't look for too much con- 
sistency since that gets boring 
quickly. 

McNair Currie tVlaxwell, who lives in 
CA, had a wonderful summer living in 
the dorms at Skidmore and studying 
Classics. She said learning is still 
possible, barely, but memorizing Latin 
poetry seemed unattainable. She 
observed that time is limitless without 
grocery shopping, preparing meals 
and carpooling, but she also said life 
without a car is not possible! 
Katharine Blackford Collins has a new- 
found career as a free-lance writer, 
mainly articles on public land and 
natural resource issues for High Coun- 
try News, a magazine covering 
environmental issues in CO, WY, MT, 
ID and UT. She is also chairman of 
the Democratic Party in her Wyoming 
county. Katharine and John, who 



teaches at the local college, have two 
boys, ages 15 and 13 

Leslie Smith Elger lives in Whitefish 
Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee. Her 
family includes 2 dogs, 4 cats and a 
horse, plus her children, 2 in college 
and a high school senior. Jane 
Yardley Page and Emily, age 13, live 
in Minneapolis where Jane is at the 
Breck School. Lyn Clark Pegg and 
family have moved to Dululh, 
"overlooking Lake Superior and within 
spitting distance of Canada and the 
headwaters of the Mississippi River." 
Lyn is director of the Lutheran Social 
Service Counseling Center in Duluth 
and John is minister of Peace United 
Church of Christ. 

Pat Calkins Wilder reports that 
Chris is a sophomore at Wake Forest, 
Alan is at boarding school near Buffalo 
and Kelley is a 10th grader at home. 
Pat has retired from most volunteer 
proiects and is in her second year of 
photography school in Rochester. Mike 
Wilder IS doing some business with 
China and Pat is hoping tor an offer to 
pay a visit Virginia Corwin IVIillo 
wrote that she had |ust returned from 
a wonderful trip to the People's 
Republic of China and the USSR as 
part of the People-to-People program 
She works full-time as program 
manager at Northrop and has a 4 year 
old son, Gregory. 

Prue Gay Stuhr reports that the 
Lexington, MA school system changed 
middle school organization. She now 
concentrates on sixth grade Social 
Studies with topics of archaelogy and 
architecture! Prue wrote that training 
her dalmation. Cricket, in obedience is 
satisfying the way working with 
horses was at SBC. From CT I heard 
from two very busy classmates. IVIeg 
IVIacKenzie Nowacki teaches math full- 
time at New Haven Hebrew Day 
School, IS president of the PTA where 
son Chris is a 6th grader, is chairman 
of the Board of Trustees and the 
financial secretary at Dunbar United 
Church and is active in the town PTA 
council. Meg also has a 10th grade 
daughter, Kate Nancy IVIcDowell 
Fairbanks has a senior clinical position 
in the child and family unit of a com- 
munity health center. She also has a 
small private clinical pracatice. 
Nancy's "nest" is empty; twins 
Kathy and Andy are at Roanoke Col- 
lege and Wesleyan respectively and 
Ted IS m Germany for his |unior year 
at Occidental. 

(Ed's note: From the Greenwich, CT 
newspaper, we received an en- 
thusiastic review of Sallie Yon 
Williams' latest book. The Hay Day 
Cookbook which she co-authored with 
Smith alumna Maggie Stearns. A few 
of the comments were; ", , .a 
treasure trove of imaginative recipes 
... fun to read, rather erudite in 
spots and an education in cuisine") 

Barby Rockefeller Bartlett happily 
reports from Philadelphia that her 
family is thriving. David is a freshman 
at Chestnut Hill Academy and Graham 
is a 6th grader at Benchmark, a 



special education school for children 
with reading disabilities, where he is 
doing so well he will probably reenter 
a "mainstream" school next year. 
(Those ot us who have children with 
learning disabilities can identify and 
reioice with Barby. My son. Reed, a 
dysgraphic, is now a |unior in college 
with a 3.4 GPA! I never would have 
believed it when he was in 6th 
grade.) 

I heard from several classmates 
scattered around Virginia. IVJary Ann 
Utterback Burritt has moved back to 
Virginia Beach since Jim retired from 
the Navy. She is an instructional 
specialist in Language Arts with the 
Virginia Beach schools. Her Cheri 
(SBC '84) is working in D.C.. Kiendel 
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from 
Wellesley last year and is living in 
Paris and Jimmy is a high school 
senior Elizabeth Randolph Lewis's 
youngest is a high school senior. 
Elizabeth works part-time as book- 
keeper lor daughter Anne, who has a 
"fairly sophisticated " sign company. 
Son John is working in Wilmington 
and another daughter is a lunior at 
UVA, headed for the Sorbonne this 
spring. 

Betsy Beale lives in the country out- 
side Richmond being foster mother to 
thoroughbred racehorse mares and 
their "babies " for several clients. 
Betsy has a new barn in progress and 
still has her children's clothing store. 
She talked recently to Cathy Detmar 
Nicholls who is still happily foxhunting 
in England Oearing Ward Johns 
continues to live and work in Char- 
lottesville where she practices cardi- 
ology at UVA Hospital with special 
emphasis on the treatment of high 
blood pressure. Her husband practices 
neurology at UVA and does research 
related to Myasthenia Gravis Dearing 
wrote of a "sisters retreat" last fall; 
"For one weekend, on the Jersey 
shore, while spouses kept the 
homelires burning, we gathered; 
Jessica Bemis Ward from Lynchburg, 
Anne Ward Stern ('66) from 
Maplewood. N J., Nathalie Ward ('73) 
from Falmouth, Mass. and I. I 
calculated that Jessica and I talked for 
16 hours!" 

Ella Brown Hughes said that her big 
news is that she is a grandmother as 
of last June and will have second 
grandchild by the time these notes are 
printed. She and Ronnie celebrated 
their 25th anniversary last summer on 
a delightful Caribbean cruise — 
without their 4 children. Ella still 
teaches Latin at a high school just 
outside Lynchburg. Pete and I con- 
tinue to enjoy being in Lynchburg in 
our "empty nest " Last summer he 
began working full-time for the state 
health department and loves it. He 
continues as the college physician at 
Sweet Briar and we both still think of 
that as our "community." I am busier 
than ever at the Lynchburg Fine Arts 
Center where I now am Coordinator of 
Performing Arts. I mentioned son Reed 
earlier Daughter Elizabeth loves being 



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41 



a sophomore at Davidson College, The 
son of my sister, Katie Wood Clarke 
('65) is also at Davidson, so we have 
kept some tradition of a family school 
even if it is not SBC. 

Rinda King deBeck and her family 
moved back to Greensboro last year 
That is her home town and she loves 
being back with family and old 
friends. Laurin. Rinda's oldest, fin- 
ished Davidson last June and is doing 
graduate work at the University of 
South Carolina. Karia is a sophomore 
at Davidson and Christian is a high 
school junior Also happily back in 
North Carolina is Lucy Otis Anderson 
who is on the board of the Mecklen- 
burg Council on Adolescent Preg- 
nancy. She and David were in 
Williamsburg last fall and had a grand 
visit with Alvin and Betty Stanly Gates 
and Allie Stemmons Simon who were 
there for Sweet Briar festivities and 
meetings 

From Memphis I had a card from 
Irwin Leatherman Zanone. Her 
daughter Mary will be graduating from 
NYU this May. She writes, "Some of 
us should be growing up with such 
grown children, but not me!" Her son 
Philip is a freshman at Vanderbilt and 
Katie is a valuable asset at age 11 
Robin Swain Davis divides her time 
between Memphis and New York. She 
IS trying to promote piano recitals and 
get her "late-blooming" career off the 
ground. But her youngest is 15 and 
that keeps her closer to Memphis 
Robin found an '85 alum to share her 
apartment through the Sweet Briar 
New York Chapter. The networking 
does pay off. 

Both Julia Fort Lowe and Anne 
Carter Brothers wrote of a lovely 
Sweet Briar gathering at the 
Whiteman's in Nashville when Presi- 
dent Fry was there. Afterwards Julia. 
Anne and Mary Trabue f/leyer went 
out to dinner Anne's Jay is a 
sophomore at Centre College, Carter is 
a freshman at Williams and Cary is 13 
and still at home. Anne summed up 
what several classmates wrote: 
"Children getting older, parents 
getting grayer' " 

Laura Lee Brown Deters had a good 
summer with some travel to Harbour 
Island, Canada and Nantucket. She 
has been touring colleges and prep 
schools and had the interesting 
experience of seeing Sweet Briar 
through the critical eyes of a prospec- 
tive parent Nancy Dixon Brown is still 
teaching special education in a high 
school in Atlanta, She and her girls 
spent a week with Betty Gates in 
Florida last summer, Julie Arnold 
IVIorey and Russ visited Nancy and 
Don last spring, Julie also visited 
Betty Gates and has had a visit from 
Penny Pamplin Reeves recently 

Jean McRae Bailey lives in Mobile 
where she is an academic advisor to 
the medical students at the University 
of South Alabama She is also work- 
ing on an MBA She has two 
daughters in college and two more 
children still at home, Carol Cline 

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Palmer is working for the insurance 
commissioner in Oklahoma City Her 
Meg is at Oklahoma University, Philip 
is a high school senior and her Patrick 
|ust turned 3, She thinks we should 
have a contest to see who has the 
youngest child' 

Ann Knickerbocker McCulloch wrote 
from Houston |ust after husband Bill 
won an election for county probate 
judge. He had been appointed to the 
position earlier and finds the mental 
health docket especially challenging 
Ann's volunteer interests parallel his 
professional ones Their daughter is a 
senior at Baylor and son is a freshman 
at Texas Christian University. Keitt 
Matheson Wood's daughter took a 
semester off from SMU and went 
around the world on the Semester at 
Sea program. Son Gordon is a 
sophomore at Tulane, She said, 
"Frank and I are staying at home 
paying the tuitions " 

Glenda Carlson Goodman wrote from 
Dallas that she remarried 2 years ago 
Her husband recently had a book on 
investing, Hyperprotits. published by 
Doubleday, Glenda said life is much 
more fun now than it was during the 
almost 10 years she was a full-time 
working single parent. And last, but 
not least, also from Dallas, Allie 
Stemmons Simon has been working 
hard for Sweet Briar, She is now a 
Director, mind you, not just an 
Overseer, In addition to her travels 
back and forth to Sweet Briar, last 
summer she and Heinz went with her 
parents to Alaska and to Germany to 
take Heinz's mother on a Rhine 
cruise. 

The next time you read class notes 
it will be right before our 25th Re- 
union, So you have a full year's notice 
to begin planning to be back in 
Virginia in late May. 1988 More, 
much more, on all that later. 



1967 



President 

Page IVIunroe Renger (Mrs John F , 

Jr,), 2062 Hopedale Ave , Charlotte, 

NG 28207 

Secretary 

Judy Bensen Stigle (Mrs Judith B ), 

50 Stony Lane, Madison, CT 06443 

Fund Agent 

Lindsay Smith Newsom (Mrs Major 

C, III), 1501 Garr St,, Raleigh, NC 

27608 

Thank you for all of your notes and 
your concern for my recuperation All 
is well and I am now gall bladderless 
Old age is tough — everything starts 
falling apart. In two years its been 
gall bladder and hysterectomy, next 
will be a lobotomy 

If you haven't heard by now its 
reunion time. Our 20th will be May 
22-24 1987, and many of our class- 
mates are already packed. It will be a 
fun super time and everybody please 



try and plan to come Gretchen 
Bullard Barber is our Reunion Gifts 
Committee Chairman and is doing a 
great |0b getting the spirit up. You'll 
be hearing from Page Munroe Renger 
and myself again soon, 

Kerry Weber Brown has remarried 
and is living back in her hometown 
and along with husband Randy comes 
an added bonus of a son who is 12 
In the process of planning on return- 
ing for reunion, Kerry is building a 
new home and will be settled in by 
April, 

Putzi Von Rebhan is still working at 
the National Gallery of Art in DC and 
is busy taking horticulture classes and 
acting as president of her con- 
dominium association. 

Randy Brown Sebren is racing the 
clock to complete her masters in cur- 
riculum and instruction at Va Com- 
monwealth before her eldest starts 
college. Besides being mother to 3. 
Randy is still teaching math, working 
with the Girl Scouts and helping with 
the local chapter of the Va Museum, 

Eleanor Kidd Crossley hopes soon to 
have her own interior design con- 
sulting business. She reports that two 
of her children are married, 1 single 
and her 11th grader makes her 
wonder where time has gone, 

Lynn Frazier Gas is back in 
Houston where Francois has a new 
job For her 40th, Lynn and her hus- 
band are going on the OE II and the 
Concorde, 

Priscilla Blackstock Kurz reports 
that she is living m St, Louis and 
nothing will keep her from seeing old 
friends back at SBC in May, 

Sally Haskell Hulcher met with 
Lindsey Smith Newsom and Page 
Munroe Renger this summer with 
husbands and kiddies and she feels 
21 forever because their chatter 
hasn't changed a bit from SBC days 

Julie Bodin Converse ran into 
Melissa Sanders Thomas and family at 
Hilton Head, Julie reported that 
Melissa is as happy and tunny as 
ever, Melissa wrote that Julie's hus- 
band George was head of the Pediatric 
Conference held at Hilton Head and 
that she and Julie decided that they 
looked great!! 

Barbara Annan's news is that she 
will receive her MA, in Pastoral 
Ministry from Boston College in 
January and will be visiting her old 
roommate Mandy Mitchell Hartzog. 

Peggy Kennedy Brown finds it hard 
to believe that she has a son who is a 
freshman at Davidson and her 
daughter is a sophomore in high 
school, 

Margaret Mapp Young also is 
shocked to find that she will be a col- 
lege mom next year Her 3 boys give 
her no chance for an SBC candidate. 
She says she tried, 

Ellen Kelley Widmer brought her 
daughter to SBC for a prospective 
students weekend Ellen is working at 
the First Union National Bank as a 
documentation specialist in their com- 
mercial loan dept, and is living in 



Gastonia N C 

Lyn Milton Walker wrote that she 
finally completed her MBA after 2'/? 
agonizing years and is working as a 
strategic planner in the marketing 
dept, of Zipsort, a presorter of mail. 
The rest of her family have become 
very proficient at household chores, 

Betsy Kurtz Argo is still a develop- 
ment officer at her alma mater — Col- 
umbus School for Girls, Having just 
sent her oldest off to college Betsy 
wrote that the memories keep flying 
back. Husband Jim is a leweler in a 
family business and Betsy keeps busy 
with a country home, the kids and 
horses 

Diane Mann Lankford lives in 
Atlanta and continues to renovate and 
sell old houses and is looking forward 
to having another driver in the family 
next year. 

Daphne Baynham White and family 
are still living in Dallas where Daphne 
has been selling real estate for 9 
years, Kemble has a law practice and 
is Chairman of the Board of a small 
local bank Their two children are 
busy with gymnastics, ballet and 
swim teams. 

Roommate Barbie Tillman Kelley 
wrote that she has the same 3 kids, 
the same job, same house and same 
husband but I guess she has not 
given up the fight since they're 
building a hot tub out back of the 
house. 

Congratulations go to Glory McRae 
Bowen on the birth of their 3rd child, 
Thomas Jefferson Mott Bowen in 
December of 1985 They vacationed in 
Jacksonville and Disney World this 
summer 

Beverly Bradshaw Blake and Kendall 
celebrated her 40th by going back to 
Paris for a wonderful second honey- 
moon; they met her twin sister there 
so they celebrated together Bev and 
Kendall met there 20 years ago. She 
IS still teaching 8th graders part-time 
while Kendall practices orthopedic 
surgery, 

Mimi Harrison Rippin Vickers an- 
nounced that she has remarried and 
that she and Gary divide their time 
between Atlanta and their 130 yr, old 
home in the country Mimi is now 
"retired" from her job as director of 
education for the Georgia Trust for 
Historic Preservation, 

Janie Willingham Glass wrote of the 
death of her husband Bill from pan- 
creatic cancer and she and their 4 
children (16, 15, 12, 10) moved from 
Houston back to Chattanooga to the 
home where she grew up We are 
sorry to hear her sad news but 
delighted that in Oct, '86 Janie plans 
to remarry and between them they will 
have 8 children 

Beth Gawthrop Riely s book The 
Chef's Companion: A Concise Dic- 
tionary ot Culinary Terms was pub- 
lished in 1986 and it contains nearly 
4,000 entries for the "new" ethnic 
styles of cooking as well as classical 
French & traditional cuisines, John is 
a tenured professor of English at 

Sweet Briar College 



Boston University and they iiave 2 
sons (11 & 3). 

News of the birth of their second 
child and son came from Kate Barrett 
Rennie who lives in Scotch Plains, 
N J, Their daughter is 12 and Kate 
says it's wonderful to have a baby 
around the house again, 

Lynn Lyie is looking toward to see- 
ing us all in "full bloom" at the 20th 
Lynn taught a graduate seminar in 
Politics of Higher Education at N C. 
State this year as well as being a full- 
time fundraiser, and loves living in 
Raleigh. She visited Glory McRae 
Bowen and family in NJ and their son 
Hardy is her godson. 

Mary Bell Timberlake and Wayt 
have no children at home this year. 
Wayt IV is a 1st yr. student at UVA 
and daughter Julie is a sophomore at 
St. Catherines. Mary is worthing as a 
manager of a small office/retail shop- 
ping center and is looking forward to 
May but wishes it wasn't the 20th 

Kattiarlne Barnhardt Chase and Bob 
also have a new addition to their fami- 
ly. They have a new daughter born in 
1985 and now Bob has a harem. She 
returned to work as a lead poisoning 
prevention nurse on a part-time basis 
and Bob is enjoying the last semester 
of his sabbatical at UVA. 

Susan Tucker traveled to India from 
the Taj Mahal to the palaces of Ra- 
jasthan and it was a fabulous adven- 
ture. In Sept. she returned to France 
to attend the wedding of the son of 
the family she lived with during her 
year abroad, Susan was ]ust elected 
to the board of the Alliance Francaise 
and is active in the Museum of 
French-American Friendship in Paris 
Her ad. and PR agency moved to new, 
expanded offices this summer, 

Dolly Caballero Garcia and Julio 
have their daughter Dolly as a 
freshman at SBC this year and she 
made the volleyball team Their son is 
also at school in Va, while their 
youngest is still in school in PR, 

Sally Twedell Bagley's daughter (5) 
and Stephanie Ewalt Ayer's son are in 
school together, Sally is chairman of 
AFS for the Collegiate School and also 
recording secretary for their Patron's 
Board- Sally also has 25 piano 
students each week. 

Jane Stephenson Wilson reported 
that all was well with her family. 

From Oregon came word from Gene 
King Leyden who is teaching creative 
dance movement and ballet to young 
children Vh to 9 yrs. old. Gene is 
also involved as a director for gym- 
nastics for a local club and says that 
all these young ones keep her young 
and in shape 

Peggy Minis Trethewey still com- 
mutes every 2 months from Sydney. 
Australia to San Francisco and reports 
that there is lots of excitement "down 
under" with the America's Cup. 

Planning to come to reunion is 
Stephanie Lucas Harrison unless there 
is a conflict with her graduation at 
SMU. She will be getting her J.D. 
She wrote a paper that got her on the 

Alumnae Magazine 



staff of the Journal of Air Law and 
Commerce, a very nice honor for her. 

Trips to Michigan, Nag's Head, 
Disney World have kept the Barr's 
busy Carroll Randolph Barr and Mike 
and the Timberlakes (Mary Bell) are 
doing a lot of tailgating at UVA 
games. Carroll keeps busy following 
soccer, tennis and the PTO and is a 
Sunaay school teacher. 

Nice to hear from Susan Sumners 
Alloway after so long. Susan is living 
in Flemington, NJ. and she wrote me 
on her 41st birthday She and her 
husband Evans have 4 sons from 
previous marriages and they have 
decided to abandon the relative securi- 
ty of their corporate/academic lives 
and are gleefully doing what they 
want to which is raising beef cattle, 
selling early American antiques and 
the work of the southwestern 
American Indians, designing educa- 
tional software and living at a slower 
pace. She hopes to attend the 20th to 
see what's become of us all. 

Gracey Stoddard Slolerbeck and 
family continue to travel to their Vt. 
home from the Big Apple to get that 
country air. They traveled to New 
Zealand in the spring and for 17 days 
they traveled by camper to tour the 
glaciers and mountains. Gracey is a 
training V.P. at the NY Junior League. 

Anne Carr Bingham and family 
moved 2 yrs. ago from Boston to Alex- 
andria, VA where Kim is an attorney 
with the Justice Dept, Immigration and 
Naturalization Service and has |ust 
published his first book, Anne is an 
office administrator for a commercial 
real estate firm in DC, and is study- 
ing Medieval English history and sing- 
ing in the choir of their church. Their 
son is at St, Albans and their 
daughter is a sophomore at UVA, 

Also in the DC area at St, Agnes's 
School is Baird Shinberger Bell. Bill 
received a grant to study at the Rand 
Corporation in CA and does a monthly 
commute to Santa Monica, They have 
2 sons, 

Toni Naren Gates and Bud are still 
in Wichita and Bud has a new position 
as president of Rent-a Center, a new 
business which has just gone public. 
They also are franchise holders of 
Pizza Huts in upstate NY. Toni states 
that this midlife challenge has pumped 
new adrenalin into their veins. Her 
theatre group, Tales for Tots, has 
become an institution in Wichita and 
has a full performance schedule Her 
two children (11 and 7) keep her in 
the car from 4-6 P.M. 

Mary Cary Ambler Finley looks for- 
ward to seeing us all in May 

Stephanie Ewalt Ayers and Rye took 
the children to Disney World this 
spring and they were dragged around 
so much it took two weeks to rest up. 
They visited with Lisa Harvey Morton 
and John for the UVA-Navy game. 

The Rengers (Page Munroe and 
John and their 2 children) and the 
Hulchers (Sally Haskell and their two 
children) visited with Lindsey Smith 
Newsom and Mac and their daughter 



for Labor Day at the l^ewsom's lake 
house. The Newsoms also traveled 
north to Greenwich to visit Sue Morck 
Perrin and Bill Also there were the 
Hulchers and Gretchen Bullard Barber 
and David. They are starting to get in 
the reunion mood. 

Lynn Gullett Strazzini and Ed have 
a real commuter marriage. Ed works 
in DC. with the army and Lynn is an 
organizational development specialist 
with the Federal Aviation Admin, at 
JFK Airport in NY. It's a logistical 
nightmare to see each other but they 
love it. 

Our Prez Page Munroe Renger 
spent the summer on the baseball 
field and when not there, walking the 
beach and lying in a hammock. Page 
is working part-time for the Jr. 
League doing their computer work and 
seems to be chairman of all kinds of 
volunteer projects. Page even finds 
time to jog 2-3 miles a day and even 
made 10 miles one day this hot sum- 
mer in NC. 

Now it's my turn. We are still living 
on the L.I. Sound in CT and I am in- 
volved up to my neck in club work. I 
just finished my term as Pres. of 
Newcomers and am now Pres. of the 
Women's Club. John swears I'm 
working my way up to Selectwoman. 
Quilting has become a fetish and extra 
time is spent with my 2 grandsons. 
Oh. how I want a little girl. We just 
returned in time from Hawaii to allow 
me to type this epistle and have 
bought a condo in Jupiter, FL which 
has been a great get-away. No, I have 
not found Burt Reynolds yet! 

Those that are planning to attend 
reunion so far are (by maiden name) 
Bensen, Bell, Ewalt, Stoddard, 
Sumners, Kelley, E,, Blackstock, 
Brown, R,, Weber, Carr. Barr, 
Bullard, Munroe, Smith, L , 
Barnhardt, Lyie, Blew. Tillman, Kurtz, 
Willingham. Ambler, Sanders, Darby, 
Heyward, MacRae, 

A reunion Committee made up of 
Hallie, Gretchen, Dee Dee, Marion, 
Gracey, Lindsey and Page went back 
to SBC to plan the events so start 
packing. You'll be hearing from us all 
and do bring your families. I've got to 
lose 30 pounds, dye my hair and find 
my loafers (weejuns) by then, but I'm 
ready. 

Addenda: Late news received in the 
alumnae office: Linda File and her 
youngest child, Sarah, spent a week 
at SBC in August at the Suzuki In- 
stitute, They stayed in Manson and 
Linda said it was wonderful Husband, 
Herb Trimpe stayed home with the 
other 2 kids, Linda is looking forward 
to reunion Britton Hassell NIelson has 
3 daughters, Britt, 18, Marguerite, 15 
and Noni, 12. They are interested in 
dance, tennis, karate, kayaking, piano 
and golf. The whole family loves to 
ski. They spent part of March in 
Kenya and enjoy their lake house in 
Florence, where Britton occasionally 
sees Hallie Darby Smith, She also got 
together with Miriam Bennett who was 
in Nashville for a zoological conven- 



tion. Britten's huband, Norrls, is head 
of asset management and a partner 
with J.C, Bradford Co. 

Pamela Kelley's company. Rue de 
France, continues to grow. It now has 
22 full-time employees in the 
manufacturing and mail-order process- 
ing depts. and the retail store. Pamela 
also works with her law partner in 
Howe and Kelley, all in the same 
building in Newport, Rl. Pamela says 
2 jobs are no problem — she just 
works 12-hour days, Judy Schlatter 
Fogle and Don still have a real estate 
company near Atlanta and have also 
gotten into home building. Their 2 
sons, 15 and 12, are at The West- 
minster Schools and Suzannah, 6, is 
a blonde, Judy does volunteer work 
and chauffeurs the children to ballet, 
baseball. Brownies, basketball, etc. Jo 
Weins MacMichael's husband, Skep, 
was transferred to Mayport on the 
GA/FL border but they're looking for- 
ward to moving back to Alexandria by 
mid-May and Jo hopes to come to 
Reunion, Since she attended 5 under- 
graduate schools before receiving her 
BA, she says she has real apprecia- 
tion for a Sweet Briar education. Jim, 
16, is a soccer player, wrestler and 
3,5 student; John, 20. is a junior at 
VMI. 



1971 



President 

Barbara Gracey Backer (Mrs Ronald 

C), 1649 Woodbridge Lakes Circle, 

West Palm Beach, FL 33406 

Secretary 

Mary Bell Parks (Mrs, David L), 

3341 Chestnut Avenue, Loveland, CO 

80537 

Fund Agents 

Louise Archer Slater (Mrs John W., 

Jr.). 135 Morningside Park, Memphis, 

TN 38104 

Pamela Henery Arey (Mrs Patrick K ), 

202 Marie Avenue, Severna Park, MD 

21146 

Melissa McGee Keshishian (Mrs 

Harold M.), 5025 Sangamore Road, 

Bethesda, MD 20816 

Katherine Jones Youell (Mrs, John 

R.), 12801 Gloria Court, Chester, VA 

23831 

Classmates, you were very patient 
with my solicitation of your dreams, 

Louise Archer Slater would like to 
realize her dream of hot air ballooning 
before the year is over, Claire Kinnetl 
Tate dreams that it's time to leave for 
a grand trip, but she isn't finished 
packing and may miss the plane. She 
wonders if she will ever catch up with 
herself! Preferring news to dreams, 
Wendy Weiss Smith traveled in Nor- 
way after picking up a new Saab, She 
teaches English as a second language, 
and her husband Gilbert is in the pro- 
cess of leaving GTE Labs, Rhoda Allen 
Brooks dreams of reading a book a 
week without feeling guilty: a long- 

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term daydream is to go trekking in ttie 
Himalayas Jill Lowry Warfel writes 
from Dade City, FL ttiat she dreamed 
of making it to tfie year 2003 with her 
sanity intact, as that is the year that 
the youngest of her 4 daughters will 
be out of the house. It's been a long 
time since third floor Grammer, or was 
it yesterday' Betty Duson, a 
psychologist m private practice, says 
she had trouble confessing her 
dreams because she knows what they 
mean! She should have a field day 
with our class notes! Betty dreams 
about hiding places in her grand- 
mother's yard, gardening, screaming 
at people she is polite to during wak- 
ing hours, and singmg in the choir at 
Sweet Briar Chapel, 

From Jacksonville, Cami Crocker 
Wodehouse dreamed that a large 
spider followed her around the house 
and finally to the car. She has quit 
teaching and is enjoying all the little 
pleasures of being a chauffeuring, 
volunteering mother Cami enpyed our 
Reunion and felt that a few ghosts 
had been banished, Carolyn Jones 
Walthall dreams about a train station; 
she's not trying to catch a train, 
she's |ust passing through. If this 
signifies a mid-life identity crisis, will 
Betty please get in touch'' Anne Snif- 
fen Cates dreams that she will have 
her boxes unpacked in her new home 
in Fairfax, Virginia by Christmas, and 
that she will find some friends and 
maybe even a babysitter. Ward is 
teaching at George Mason University; 
Anne hopes that some of us living 
nearby will get in touch, 

Pam Henery Arey dreams of spend- 
ing an uninterrupted day with her 
family; her long-term dream is to live 
among servants in a country home in 
England and work on crafts, Louise 
Jackson has had a dream come true 
she has bought and restored an older 
home on her own. She indicates it has 
plenty of guest room, for the rest of 
us dreamers, perhaps'' Louise rafted 
down the Rio Grande last spring and 
explored (Northern CA this fall. Gale 
Hull Wlietzel wonders if her dream 
really happened because she has had 
it so often. Gale dreams that she is 
taking a final for Dr Rowland's 
English class, blue book on her desk, 
when she realizes that she's never 
attended 1 class! Susan Schmidt 
dreams of living and cruising on her 
own sailboat, Susan spent four con- 
templative months at a Quaker com- 
munity near Philadelphia recovering 
from mono. She baked, listened to her 
inner voice, and began the novel she 
always wanted to write, 

Jill IMinnema Worth dreamed that a 
bull elephant screamed a mating call 
to its mate about 10 feet from her bed 
before she woke up and discovered it 
was her 17-year-old playing his tape 
deck. She asks us 2 questions we 
hesitate to answer: Did we listen to 
music as loud and awful as kids 
today? Or getting old? Patsy Wheeler 
Maddox is making her dream come 
true by returning to Lynchburg College 

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for a Masters in learning and emo- 
tional disabilities Kay Brown Grala 
dreams that she will someday sleep 
through the night and actually have 
dreams! Kay's children are 5 (Broni), 
3 (Meg), and newborn (Nicholas), 
Jacque Penny Goldstone's favorite 
dream takes place in ancient Hawaii 
Pele (I think) danced for her and rows 
of Hawaiian warriors marched by them 
as if going to war The best part of 
this dream, Jacque says, is that she 
woke up happy 

Lissy Stevenson dreams of missing 
subways, getting fired, and escaping 
to a nice, quiet asylum somewhere! 
Lissy is still at Audubon and in love 
with her nemesis, she says: he went 
to Virginia and isn't a radical. She 
doesn't know what to make of herself, 
she adds Lynne IVIanov Sprinsky sent 
a postcard overflowing into a letter. 
She was amazed at how little 
everyone at Reunion had changed. 
She dreams about her first husband 
(definite hunk material) when under 
stress, and daydreams about finishing 
school and driving a car with air con- 
ditioning. Long-range dreams include 
a vacation with her mother and friends 
(including fVlary Helen Layton), 
floating in a barge through the canals 
of Burgundy Her husband had a 
stroke last May but has made a near- 
total recovery. 

Some non-dreamers in our class 
also responded Frances Barnes Ken- 
namer writes from Montgomery that 
with a 15-month-old and a full-time 
|ob, she's too tired to dream! She 
loved seeing everyone at Reunion, 
Katie Horan, an account executive 
with Merrill Lynch, expects work to 
get busier now that the new tax law 
has passed. She has 2 new horses, 1 
she is doing dressage with and 1 that 
is "just a baby " Debby Dykes Hill is 
finishing her Ph D, in Marriage and 
Family Therapy at the U, of Florida, 
raising Jenny (9) and Adam (7). 
working half-time at the U,, being a 
singing counselor to elementary kids, 
and (she says) watching soaps and 
eating bon-bons in her spare time, 
Mim Washabaugh Meglan has moved 
to Baltimore and works for Alex Brown 
and Sons as an investment research 
analyst. In her frequent travels, she 
has seen Sioux Greenwald in New 
York and Robi Randolph, who has 
bought a beautiful new house in 
Alexandria 

Kathy Wilson Lamb commented, 
along with Lynne, on how little most 
of us at Reunion had changed, Kathy 
is driving her 6th grader, Marie and 
her 2nd grader, Katie, to their 
afterschool activities when she is not 
fundraising for her children's school, 
conducting school tours, or playing 
tennis. She does dream of eventual 
peace and quiet Judy Brown Fletcher 
IS working on an article on teenage 
pregnancy for the Indianapolis "Junior 
League Review," She is also process- 
ing tons of tomato puree from what 
must be an enormous garden while 
the green beans lie in wait, Alix Som- 



mer Pearce lives in the historic district 
of Fredericksburg and is Assistant 
Principal of Drew Middle School, while 
her husband teaches Historic Preser- 
vation at Mary Washington, At 
Reunion last spring, Alix saw Florence 
Woelfel (Class of '21) and Gordon 
Beemer from Crawfordsville, IN. who 
were married at Sweet Briar House 
during Reunion week, 

Liz Mumtord's dreams are coming 
true: she got married on October 12 
on Cape Cod, and she had two paint- 
ings accepted at the Mystic Seaport 
Museum Gallery for their fall interna- 
tional show Margaret Mackie Sanders 
started her own radiology practice in 
Dallas 2 years ago and things are 
going well. She and her son John are 
taking piano lessons together, Elodie 
Taylor Thompson writes from Monroe. 
VA that she is still librarian at Central 
Elementary in Amherst and is involved 
in Brownies and Cub Scouts, Her 
daughter's Daisy Scout troop was 
featured in the summer 1986 Alumnae 
Magazine. Elodie enjoyed seeing 
everybody at Reunion, In MA. Carol 
Johnson Haigh helps her husband 
with his management consulting 
business when she isn't volunteering 
at school, race walking, bike touring, 
or designing quilts. She reports that 
Jean Mcllhenny Gaskins had her 4th 
child. Charles III. in June, 

Alisa Yust Rowe loved my idea of 
sending in dreams (thanks. Alisa), 
She would not only like to have a 
novel published, but she dreams that 
she will be sitting in a movie theatre 
and see the words. "Adapted from 
the novel by Alisa Rowe" flash across 
the screen She enjoyed our Reunion, 
too Barbie Gracey Backer reports that 
her husband Ron has left his 20-year 
job with Pratt and Whitney to |oin Bar- 
bie at Gracey Brothers Insurance, In 
addition to a one-year-old son, John, 
Barbie is expecting her 2nd (and their 
5th) in June, and she is also hoping 
that old friends will visit them at their 
new home in Delray Beach Melissa 
McDowell Stevens had her 3rd child 
last January and has moved to Ft, 
Benning, GA with her husband who is 
a Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lioy 
Faulkner has moved to Kansas City, 
MO and is now associated with 
Kendall-Hall Publishing Co Cindy 
Davis Rackley has been hired as 
Managing Director for Marketing at 
the International Association for Finan- 
cial Planning in Atlanta, In addition to 
her long career in banking and 
finance, Davis is also on the board of 
the Atlanta Ballet, 

Kathy Jones Youell was stricken by 
an aneurysm and has been at the 
Medical College of Virginia in Rich- 
mond since August, Kathy is expected 
to recover, but will be m physical 
therapy tor at least six months. 

Honey Hammer could not come to 
Reunion because she was ludging a 
2-day horse show. She has been pro- 
moted to Senior Account Executive at 
Mead Data Central. Libby Tyree Taylor 
missed Reunion because of the birth 



of her 2nd child, Lee: "To ease the 
pain of having my wings clipped by a 
new baby boy. my husband and I took 
a spring vacation in France, now a 
distant dream as I walk the floor with 
babe in arms! Recently I had a 
wonderful visit with Lawson Calhoun 
Kelly '70 and in April with Anne 
Milbank Mell. reminding me of my 
days of freedom at SBC " 

I used to dream about Sweet Briar 
all the time, wandering through the 
dorms and the academic buildings as 
the fog lifted from the dells. Since 
attending Reunion. I am no longer 
haunted by SBC, but have the usual 
naked-in-the-subway and naked-at-a- 
party dreams, nothing too weird If 
any of you skiers or vacationers are in 
CO, please look me up. We have a 
guest room and access to Killian's 

Reunion was my first return to 
Sweet Briar since student days. It 
really was odd to dive into my past 
and into my dreams during the pre- 
sent and in waking hours! As a class, 
I thought we looked great and 
sounded interesting I love this job as 
class secretary, I get to see how our 
lives run parallel and occasionally con- 
verge, even in dreams. A note to you 
non-corresponders: please send in 
your class notes for better or worse 
There are no minimum success 
qualifications. 



1975 



President 

Gray Thomas Avery (Mrs Emmett M , 

III), P.O. Box 8619. Richmond. VA 

23226 

Secretary 

Cathie Grier. 3507 Stuart Avenue, 

Number 102. Richmond. VA 23221 

Fund Agent 

Beverly Crispin Heffernan. 2831 

Center Ridge Drive. Oakton. VA 22124 

Still in NH, Randy Anderson Trainor 

and her husband stay busy with the 
farm. Their greenhouses are full of 
15,000 poinsettias, not to mention all 
of the other plants they have for sale. 
Randy can't believe how fast her 
children are growing — Cliff is V/i: 
Gary is 1 '/? 

From Rochester, NY Joanna Arias 
wrote to say she's finishing her 
plastic surgery training and hopes to 
set up private practice in the South 

Bet Bashinsky White is presently 
building a new house. She's selling 
the farm and moving in closer to 
Case's school Last summer she had 
a visit from Gail Ann Zarwell Winkler 
and her new baby. Laura 

In addition to caring for two 
children ages 7 and 4, Gail Bradley 
Ledbetter is en|oying teaching at a 
local nursery school, and finds the 
children's energy and enthusiasm 
gratifying to watch 

Carol Brewer Evans enjoys being a 
full-time mother to a 5-year-old and a 

Sweet Briar College 



2-year-old, Jim stays busy supervising 
his group of process engineers at ttie 
Union Camp paper mill. 

Betsy Brooks Jones writes that she 
is enjoying tennis, being vice- 
president of PTA. her Garden Club 
and church activities Brownrigg is in 
the 3rd grade and Thomas m nursery 
school. 

In Chicago. IL Susan Buschmann 
Curry and her husband are busy 
remodeling their home in anticipation 
of a new/ baby due in January. Ac- 
cording to the ultrasound, it's a boy 

Betsy Clay Fernandez wrote from 
Spain where she and Jose are having 
a busy year with the kids and 
relatives. Jose travels quite a bit — 
Marbella, Barcelona and all the com- 
mon market countries The family 
vacationed for 3 weeks on the 
Mediterranean. Betsy stays busy 
teaching English to 7-year-old Martha 
and 5-year-old Juan 

In CA, Carol Clement Pavia and her 
husband Frank have bought a new 
house in Rolling Hills Estates Their 
son. Louie, is now walking and talk- 
ing. Since Carol has been given addi- 
tional responsibilities in her job, she 
will be traveling east more often. 

Sarah Clement loves living in DC. 
— it's so clean and rustic compared 
to Manhattan where she spent 5 
years. She's an attorney doing energy 
law at a small firm in Georgetown and 
really likes the technical parts of the 
practice. She walks to work and runs 
every day, either in Rock Creek Park; 
up Mass Ave. past the embassies; or 
downtown across Memorial Bridge to 
Arlington Cemetery When she's in 
town long enough to tram, she also 
races her bicycle 

In preparation for baby #4, Anne 
Cogswell Burris and Lon had 2 weeks 
of paradise in Hawaii and California. 
Coggs says that 3 little boys aren't 
hectic enough for her! The new baby 
is expected in February, with a good 
chance that it will be another boy' 
They enjoyed a beach visit from Ann 
Wesley Ramsey and her clan last 
August on Sullivan's Island. 

Jean Connor Churchill and her hus- 
band are pleased to announce the ar- 
rival of their 2nd child — a daughter, 
Mallory Jean, born on June 19th. 
Their 3-year-old son, Zachary, enjoyed 
his summer at home with Mommy and 
the new baby, but was also happy to 
begin preschool in the fall. Jean plans 
to return to part-time social work. 

Cathy Cowdery Etheridge and Bill 
now have 3 children — Black (5), 
Laura (2), and Christian (born May 
25, 1986). Cathy says she loves stay- 
ing home with them; that they are fun 
and challenging. She and Bill are in- 
terested in Home Schooling. Bill now 
does more appraisal work than real 
estate sales. 

Catherine Cranston Whitham with a 
kindergartener and a pre-schooler, finds 
herself very involved with various 
classroom and fundraising activities. 
After she and Whit enjoyed a warm 
weather trip to St Barth's last winter. 

Alumnae Magazine 



they're considering a ski vacation this 
winter to CO with the children! 

When not caring for a hubby, 3 
horses, 3 dogs, 1 kitten and 2 
children Beverly Crispen Heffernan en- 
joys foxhunting. After the birth of her 
son Chris (Nov. 16, 1985), Bev 
"retired" from the Department of 
Energy and finds herself busier than 
ever She stays in touch with Nancy 
Haighl who is no longer teaching, but 
now works in her Dad's textile and 
winery business, and lives in Litch- 
field, Conn 

Coni Crocker Betzendahl is still 
doing her free-lance package design 
for Palmer chocolate. She says to look 
for "Abigail Magictail" on the shelves 
at Easter, or on Santa's ski chalet at 
Christmas. She and Richard have 2 
children Lindsay (4) is a pre-schooler 
and Ashley (18 months) lives up to 
the reputation of a red-headed 
temperament 

Nan Cunningham Watson says that 
1986 was a particularly exciting year 
with the birth of a precious daughter, 
Hallie Nixon Watson, on May 10. I^an 
says Hallie is such a delight and has 
a very special godmother, Jo Ellen Lenoir. 

Penny Czarra and Lisa Walker have 
just returned from a trip to India and 
Nepal. Their adventures included visits 
to the hills of Nepal, boat trips 
through the inland canals of Kerala, 
excursions through bazaars, teas in 
the homes of old and new friends, 
and many, many temples. Now that 
Penny is back in DC, she's concen- 
trating on developing 'Global View' — 
the company she's recently started to 
bring films and news on international 
issues to the U.S. public on T.V 

Now living in Spring Hill, Florida 
Lynn Dann is working for the State 
Dept of Health & Rehab. Services 
with the elderly and disabled Both of 
her children are finally in school, so 
Lynn is now involved in Boy Scouts 
and ballet. Lynn enjoyed a recent visit 
from Pat Parker and her daughter. 
Sarah. 

Stephanie Dewey Hoffman and her 
husband still work together in their ad 
agency/new product development 
firm He invents new products and 
she does the packaging and commer- 
cial art for the company. His latest in- 
vention is a product called "chipclip 
jrs." which are resealers for small 
potato chip bags. 

tMary Dubuque Desloge gave birth 
to her 2nd son, Christopher, whom 
she was carrying at the Reunion. She 
and her husband have bought a new 
house, and now they're expecting 
ANOTHER NEW BABYi Mary says she's 
convinced this one is a girl She and 
Chris also celebrated their 5th wed- 
ding anniversary last May in l^antucket. 

Joan Douglas Murray and Chris will 
be first time parents in December! 

Linda Frazier Keith is teaching 
school again — science to 6th and 
8th graders at a girls' school in 
Bethesda, and really likes it Next 
summer they will probably be moving 
again — this time to San Diego, CA 



Hopefully, this will be the end of mov- 
ing for awhile 

Having just returned from the 
Riding Reunion at Sweet Briar, Katylou 
Gray Brittle wrote to say what a blast 
the Reunion was and how great the 
campus looked. She said she was 
floored by the Computer Room. She is 
still riding steeplechase horses, fox- 
hunting and managing Dominion Sad- 
dlery in Middleburg, VA. 

Writing from Boca Raton, FL Lisa 
Hall is starting back to school 
(again') She's entering the Art Con- 
servation Dept. of the State Univ. Col- 
lege at Buffalo. The program is 
located in Cooperstown, N.Y. Good 
Luck, Lisa! 

With 9-month-old Mary-Carson and 
4-year-old Harrison at home, Ellen 
Harrison Saunders says she feels like 
a full-fledged housewife. She's retired 
from most community activities except 
for church work, garden club and 
Sweet Briar duties. She and Whitley 
are looking forward to a trip to Ber- 
muda in November. 

Anna Ho Mah sent me a very im- 
pressive business card for CIG — 
Computer Imaging & Graphics, Inc., 
Effective Visual Communications. Anna 
is vice president of the company 
which is located in Research Triangle 
Park, N.C. 

As usual, Chris Hoefer Myers' life 
IS busy and crazy. In addition to her 
blossoming career at the ETV Net- 
work. Chris IS president of her Parish 
Council, co-chairman of a garden club 
committee and publicity chairman for 
the Beaux Arts Ball. For the Ball, 
she's generating newspaper articles 
and TV coverage on everything from 
Peter Duchin and his orchestra to 
ballgowns and ice sculptures. 

Ginny Holden was married on 
Valentine's Day (1986) to Scott Davis 
Hodes, who is an attorney in Chicago. 
They've just moved into a new house 
that IS actually very old — built in the 
1800s, totally gutted and rehabed with 
a wonderful little front yard, a tree(!), 
and backyard with 2 decks. Ginny 
says its perfect for the 2 of them, and 
only 5 minutes from Michigan Ave. 

Neil Hunter King has just reopened 
her exercise studio in an Historic 
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Last 
May she went to an Aerobic Conven- 
tion in CA and took the First National 
Industry Certification Exam and passed 
it. She said the convention was ex- 
citing, with 2,000 people from all over 
the world, and the opportunity to meet 
famous people in the Fitness World 
such as Jack Lalanne and Gilda Marx. 
She and Chip are enjoying renovating 
their home in Scottsdale, VA. 

Beth Jones Elkins and Steve "could 
not tolerate the tension of waiting tor 
the gate of Union Carbide so moved 
on to greener pastures." They now 
live on the Main Line outside 
Philadelphia where Steve has a new 
job with CIGNA. Their best news is 
the birth of a new son in March 1985. 
Beth says that "Gregory is a happy, 
delightful 6-month-old and that when 



Meredith began nursery school in the 
fall she cried on her first day. Wait 
'till she hits first grade!" 

From Fayetteville, NY Christine 
Kjellslrom Douglas wrote to say she 
and her husband are really enjoying 
living 2 hours from the Adirondacks. 
They've almost finished their first 
renovation experience, 

Carol Leslie St. John says her In- 
terior Design business is busier than 
ever, and that juggling her family and 
career is hectic. She and Tommy are 
off to Japan for 2 weeks hoping to 
mix lots of pleasure with business. 
Over Thanksgiving, Carol visited 
Houston to be the Godmother of 
Martha French Roberts' new baby 
boy, John. 

Dot Lyons Heffner says she and her 
husband Glenn have finally settled 
down in the Cleveland, OH area and 
love being back home! They have just 
moved into a new house with their 
golden retriever. Buckeye. Dot has 
started her own neurology practice 
and Glenn is self-employed. 

Writing checks and preparing finan- 
cial statements consumes a good part 
of Margaret McFaddln's time since 
she works for a small business, put- 
ting inventory and books on the com- 
puter, and is also computerizing the 
Junior League's books. At Thanksgiv- 
ing, Margaret traveled to DC. and 
had a visit with Kathleen Ryan and 
Jody Anderson Wharton Jody's son 
Hank was celebrating his 2nd birth- 
day Margaret's sister. Jane McFaddin 
Bryan ('73) had her 1st child on July 
20. 1986, Charles William McFaddin 
Bryan. 

Cynde Manning Chatham and her 
husband are enjoying their new loca- 
tion, Spokane, and their new children, 
twins Jim and Alan! Their oldest son 
Gene is fine and likes preschool. 

From New Orleans, LA Claire Martin 
Avegno stays busy with her 2 
children. She is returning to the 
Parenting Center, after 1 year off, to 
do volunteer work with pre-schoolers. 
In her spare time, she smocks 
dresses, gardens and bike rides 

Sharl Mendelson Gallery and Phil 
are now living in the house they built 
themselves from scratch over the last 
4 years. She and Phil split the days in 
caring for their 2 sons, Matthew (3V«) 
and Nathon [VA): she keeps the kids 
in the mornings and he keeps them in 
the afternoon so she can handle her 
consulting and marketing assign- 
ments. They're also still raising and 
selling Christmas trees, peaches and 
apples in the hills of WV and Shari is 
very pleased with her first year as a 
self-employed consultant. 

Still living in Paducah, KY Pam 
Myre Turner and Ray have just added 
Patrick Ray Turner III to their family 
(born April 29, 1986). Pam says that 
7-year-old Lauren and 2'/z year-old- 
Beverly seem to like their new baby 
brother. 

Mai Nguyen Woo reports that she's 
quite happy managing her 3 children's 
schedules as well as her company, 

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stock Market Research, which offers 
everything from refinancing to group 
life insurance. She and Gene are also 
enioying their new dream home in 
Falls Church. VA 

Lynn Norris PfeiHer s new location 
sounds Ideal, She and her family have 
just moved onto 5 acres of land. She 
says they love it — that they can see 
the stars at night better without city 
lights. Lynn says she stays busy with 
gardening and raising her 2 boys 

Patty O'IMalley Brunger and IVIark 
had a busy summer with a trip to 
Galveston and a week in IVII Patty is 
involved in the boys' preschool pro- 
grams, is a puppeteer for "Kids on 
the Block" and is working on the 
Symphony Showcase 

Skiing in the morning and swim- 
ming in the afternoon keeps Janet 
Richards Oikawa and her 2 children 
busy. They moved to Southern CA in 
Feb. '86 and love the warm weather. 

Working in the retail business is 
very challenging to Carey Ronan, She 
says there's never a dull moment 
working in the Personnel Office at 
Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. 

Anne Ross Shipe and Jim are still 
working on their house and enjoying 
Ross who reached the terrible two's 
last summer, but is still wonderful! 
Anne says that work at the hospital 
keeps both of them busy, but they 
still manage to attend UVa football 
games and enjoy themselves, in spite 
of the losses. 

Sara Ruhle Kyle and Ted have 
thoroughly enioyed their 1st year as 
parents They spent a few days last 
summer in San Diego where little 
Richard adored the zoo 

Betsy Scott Kimmel and family will 
be relocating soon in either PA or MD 
Kristin (6) started kindergarten this 
year; Eric (4) goes to nursery school. 
In her "spare time" Betsy exercises, 
volunteers in special education and 
serves as Treasurer of her Jr 
Women's Club Last winter she and 
Dennis introduced the kids to skiing 
in Vermont and they loved it! 

Spending a week in Bermuda and a 
week m Disney World kept Ginny 
Shipe Cameron and her family busy 
last summer. Ginny says she heard 
from Helen Harrison Witty that she 
gave birth to a baby boy in Sept She 
also has seen Heatlier IVIacLeod Gale 
and Barry along with their daughter 
Megan, who is a doll! 

Polly Shriver Kochan and Jeff have 
moved into their new home in the 
suburbs of Philadelphia and love it' 
Jeff began his fellowship m 
neuroradiology, and Polly began hers 
in pediatric radiology They both love 
it, but spend their spare time studying 
for the specialty boards. 

Congratulations to Terry Starke 
Tosh and Ed! They adopted their 2nd 
child last IVIay — Elizabeth Carlton 
Tosh. She's named after "Edward 
Carlton Tosh" or at least has the 
same initials. Since Carolyn calls her 
Betsy. Terry says they'll probably call 
her that, too. She's dark-haired, and 

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blue-eyed like Ed 

LIbby Stough Rush wrote to say 
"things have been moving and shak- 
ing" around her house She and l^oel 
bought a new house last year, and 
she became a new partner in an in- 
terior design/retail store She also 
stays busy with 4-year-old Caroline 
and 2-year-old William. Libby says 
she misses seeing everyone! 

Barbie Talel Thomas says that since 
her 3 children (ages 4, 6 & 8) are 
now in school and she has free time, 
she feels she should make up for lost 
time, and has therefore overcommitted 
herself: tennis leagues, aerobics, 
hockey, a museum board and garden- 
ing. Her weekends are spent camp- 
ing, canoeing or sailing with Joe and 
the children 

Gray Thomas Avery and Rusty have 
exciting news — they're expecting 
their 2nd baby in March. They moved 
into town a year ago, and Gray loves 
being back in the center of Richmond 
Since Catherine (3) is in school twice 
a week, Gray has time for volunteer 
work. She's also working some (for 
pay') at the Children's Hospital. She 
and Rusty en|oyed a quick getaway 
last summer to Bermuda. 

Marcia Thomas Horner and her 
family are enjoying country life in the 
northeast mountains of GA where Jim 
is principal of a Christian boarding 
school- They're living in the newly 
renovated president's house on cam- 
pus where they have lots of room for 
their family to spread out' Marcia 
stays busy with 2-year-old Virginia, 
while the 3 older girls are busy with 
school and horseback riding in the 
school's riding program 

Leslie Thornton is still living in DC 
and working for Hill and Knowlton 
She and Wendy White ('74) recently 
met Linda Lucas ('75) for dinner. She 
also spent a week in Los Angeles and 
stayed in Julie Shuer's (74) wonder- 
ful new house in Beverly Hills. 

Still m Worchester, OH, Dorsey 
Tillett Northrup stays busy caring for 
Tom (7) and John (4'/2). Volunteer 
work, part-time computer systems 
consulting and tennis keep her busy 
She stays in touch with Penn Wilcox 
Branin who lives m Fairhaven, NJ and 
Rose Anne Toppin Cranz, Dorsey says 
she still misses Charlotte — only gets 
home twice a year. 

1986 was a true test of strength for 
Rose Anne Toppin Cranz and her 
family. Buzz had a mild stroke in 
June, but has made a quick recovery 
and will soon be as good as new. 
Rose Anne says they were very lucky 
and that 3-year-old Foster was a real 
pleasure for them throughout the 
ordeal We're glad he's alright. Rose 
Anne' 

I ran into Maria Vonetes at the 
Greek Festival in Richmond. She had 
come down from DC. to work at the 
pastry booth. She looked great — is 
still working at EPA; Sandra is still 
doing very well with her own flower 
shop 

For Beppy Walton this has been a 



real year of travel. She worked in 
France & West Germany in March, 
skiied in UT when she returned, 
visited Switzerland in June, and 
recently returned from Japan and 
Hong Kong. Spare time finds Beppy 
traveling, on the tennis court and 
visiting with her niece in her 
hometown of Jacksonville. 

Carroll Waters Summerour says her 
kids are really growing up. Patrick is 
in the 4th grade: William in 1st grade, 
and Katie (2) stays home with Carroll. 
Parents' League activities and the 
Junior League keep Carroll busy: Toby 
is still a partner with Arthur Anderson 
& Co. Their house is on the market 

— they've outgrown it after living 
there for 9 years! 

Amanda Weber Clark and Russell 
had a daughter born to them on May 
26, 1986, Whitney Edna Cameron. 

Sue West Best began medical 
school at Texas A&M last September. 
Also, in Sept she participated in 
Susan Faist's (76) wedding. 

Big news from Libby Whitley Lam 

— she was married to Robert 
Campbell Lam from Lexington, VA on 
Sept. 6th Attendants in the wedding 
were Cindy Whitley ('78). Randy 
Anderson Trainor (75) and Catherine 
Cranston Whitham ('75) At the wed- 
ding were many SBC'ers including 
Ann Clement Buck ('78 and expecting 
her third baby), and Fontaine Belford 
It must have been a real Sweet Briar 
reunion 

Ashton Williams Harrison was mar- 
ried to David A. Harnson, IV on 
August 23, 1985. In addition to being 
married, Ashton has a new business 

— a unique retail lighting business 
that includes lamps, lampshades, 
chandeliers, etc. 

Being a Commercial Loan Officer for 
an Israeli Bank, handling medium to 
large corporate clients, keeps Worden 
Willis Galasso busy during the day; 
she commutes 1 hour and 20 minutes 
each way into Boston. Her evenings 
are full from fall to spring with Junior 
League meetings of the Board, 
Finance Committee, and Antiques 
Show and the Training Committee 
She also takes her 96-pound, 
l0'/2 -year-old sheep dog, "Bert ", 
logging at night' 

Nancy Wilson Tucker and family 
had a wonderful summer with an "au 
pair" from Holland Nancy and her 
family also had a nice trip to 
Washington, DC. where they had a 
chance to see several of our classmates 

Betsy Rawles has joined Broughton 
Systems, Inc in Richmond as a 
senior systems consultant Happy 
news from Nelly Osinga, who an- 
nounces her engagement to Lindsay 
Branson III. they plan an early spring 
wedding at Sweet Briar Lindsay is a 
federal investigator in Washington, 
DC. 

Patricia Wade Goolsby writes that 
her 2 children are 9 (Laura) and 5 
(Brian) Both Patricia and her husband 
teach at Monelison Jr High in 
Madison Heights, VA. Active In the 



Junior League in Atlanta, Suzanne 
Wright Godfrey also has 2 children — 
Christopher Ryan, Vh and Graham 
Leiand, 7 mos. 

And now for my news. I'm still in 
Richmond, Va. and love my job and 
life here, I've been dating Bill Kelly 
for over a year now We seem to get 
along really well, and enjoy each 
other's company a lot. The highlights 
of our summer were a rafting trip 
down the New River with a group of 
friends and a visit to the horse coun- 
try in Lexington, KY where Bill's fami- 
ly lives. We enjoy running and swim- 
ming together for exercise: dancing at 
the Tobacco Co. and eating out. 
Again, thanks to everyone for all the 
news I love getting each post card 
and reading what everyone is doing! 



1979 



President 

Anne Garrlty Spees (Mrs Richard L.), 

611 Tennessee Avenue, Alexandria. 

VA 22305 

Secretary 

Graham IVIaxwell Russell (Mrs Hollis). 

230 Miraflores, Palm Beach, FL 33480 

Fund Agents 

Laura Evans, 333 East 55th Street, 

Apt 5-B, New York, NY 10022 

Ashley Wilson Edwards, P Box 

245, Hertford. NC 27944 

Today's column is sponsored by the 
letter "T". 

Traveling: Pamela Welter's trip to 
Germany in the fall was a nice fringe 
benefit of her job as product manager 
for a German chemical company Kate 
Hardin traveled to China in November 
as a delegate of the Citizen Ambas- 
sador Program after completing her 
exams to become a certified Financial 
Planner Connor Kelly was in DC. and 
visited with Cheri Harris, Karen RIes 
and Susan Lord who is working as an 
analyst lor E.G. & G. Wasci Connor 
was elected president of the New 
England/Canada chapter of the 
American Dance Therapy Association. 
Sally Byron LaBarre is doing a lot of 
traveling for Monumental Life in 
Baltimore VIcki WIngate and her 
mother spent two weeks last 
September traveling throughout New 
England and Canada staying in old 
inns and visiting the small towns. 

Trying new territories: Leslie 
Forbert IVIIIIer and her husband Jess 
(ex-head of security at SBC) have 
begun Video Design Associates, a full 
function production house with broad- 
cast ability and consumer offerings 
They work out of their house which 
allows "Pete " to keep a close eye on 
2-year-old Victoria. Gretchen Kurtz has 
left her job at J G Hook and is now 
employed by the Kutztan Publishing 
Company as a sales representative 
She sees Mandy Steel Rich who lives 
m Rhode Island and hears from 
Elektra Damianos who is the mother of 

Sweet Briar College 



2 girls and a boy. Pam Milne has 
moved from Lynchburg to Charlottes- 
ville v^here she works as a commercial 
loan officer for Central Fidelity Bank 
Katie Ewald has given up on NYC 
("Cement City" as she calls it!) and 
IS moving to New England Laura 
Evans has moved from Judaic Art to 
Arcade Furniture at Sotheby's in NYC 
and has ]ust purchased a family-sized 
co-op on Park Avenue, SaraLee 
Cowles is a Foreign Service Officer 
candidate in Washington and sees a 
good deal of Anne Garrity Spees who 
is expecting a baby m May, Nancy 
Hatch has started a small company 
called Pet Life specializing in cedar 
sleepers (aka dog beds!) Wendy 
Iglehart is back in Illinois working tor 
Leadership — a community leadership 
development organization. 

Taking ott: After her maternity leave 
was up, Susan Andrews Cruess 
returned to her job at Citibank and 
was promoted to assistant vice presi- 
dent in the North American Finance 
Group Nancy White Bryant writes 
from Croton-on-Hudson, NY that she 
was recently named vice president, 
corporate sales for the Hudson River 
Gallery She also sees IVIaryanne 
Hutton Felch. IVIartha IVliller is in 
Georgetown and is now working for a 
large public relations firm. Fleishman- 
Hillard Sally Ann Sells has been ap- 
pointed assistant vice president of the 
Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. 

Torts: Laura Crum took a long 
vacation touring the Orient and is pro- 
bably the only classmate to have par- 
ticipated in a rickshaw race in 
Singapore and an elephant ride in 
Thailand" Upon her return she 
became a partner in a law firm in 
Montgomery. Piper Allan is still prac- 
ticing law in Orlando and is the proud 
owner of a new condominium' 

Teaching: Clara Jackman Garbett is 
teaching first grade in King William 
County and loves it. Long summer 
vacations allow Clara and her husband 
the time to go canoeing and camping 
in Minnesota. 

Telecommunications. Amy Smith- 
Modrick has had a very busy year in 
the world of TV, She spent 5 months 
developing the local coverage of the 
1986 Children's Miracle Telethon in 
Lynchburg as well as hosting the pro- 
gram. She is now the assistant news 
director and managing editor at a local 
Lynchburg station, Pat Guild is safely 
ensconced m her new house in Chevy 
Chase and her job in marketing with 
AT&T after returning from a trip to 
Italy at the height of the US, /Libyan 
conflict in the Gulf of Sidra' 

Tummies: (not the tucked kind!) 
Mary Harris has moved to Baltimore 
for a 3-year fellowship at Johns 
Hopkins Hospital in Gastroenterology 
She spends what free time she has 
with Chip and Hannah Craighill 
Moorehead. 

Tipping your hat: Sherri Manson is 
great, nothing to report and sends her 
regards to all! 

Tieg the l<not: Holly Butler Prather 

Alumnae Magazine 



and husband Stan are living and 
working in Atlanta where Holly is in 
real estate and sees Alison Mitchell. 
Holly sends news that Carol 
Zimmerman is getting married. Kelly 
McBride married Webber Hudson last 
September and they are living in San 
Francisco Lynne Einsel was a 
bridesmaid in the wedding. BIylh 
Sleere was married to William T. 
Bailey IV last April and fellow 
classmate Mellnda Treutle was 
bridesmaid. BIylh is second vice 
president in the Worldwide Insurance 
Division of Chase Manhattan Bank, 
N A Newlywed Leslie Lago Morris 
writes from Stratford-on-Avon, UK 
where she is doing a lot of adven- 
turous riding. While on riding; Karen 
Jaffa McGoldrick is working horses lor 
a living and showing her horse 
"Bodacious" 2nd level very suc- 
cessfully She daily sees Prudence 
Saunders who has recently returned 
from a holiday on the west coast of 
Ireland. Patty Schrader and new hus- 
band Lee Gelatt had an outdoor wed- 
ding ceremony in Colorado National 
Monument and are living and working 
in Grand Junction. CO Edwina Gilbert 
married Jeff Belding and is working 
as an environmental research assistant 
with the NY State Office of Parks. 
Recreation and Historic Preservation in 
Albany. 

Twins Jacquie Kenner Carmody 
leads the list of mothers with twins! 
She has three boys. Arthur IV and 
twins Harrison and Kenner. Susan 
Anthony Lineberry also has 3 boys 
Cole and the twins Mark and Patrick. 
Susan IS afraid that the IRS. will 
audit them this year for claiming so 
many kids! Bridget Wray Gardner will 
have delivered twins by the time you 
read this — sorry, you'll have to 
guess the sex' 

Toddlers: Michelle Farley Canning is 
busy with her son Robbie and is ex- 
pecting another baby in May but still 
has time lor her antiques appraisal 
business Mikki writes that Margaret 
Hixon GriHith is expecting a baby in 
March Laurie Bowen Carmichaei and 
husband Archie have a daughter. 
Laura, who was born in September 
Sandie Eriebach Gershenfeld writes 
from Yardley. PA that she is busy 
working as a buyer for a Philadelphia- 
based department store and taking 
care of son David. Cindi Little 
Townsend, Tom and Brittney have 
moved to Fairfax. VA where Cindi is 
an accountant with a CPA firm. Irene 
Rothschild de Dortzaun traveled from 
Quito, Ecuador with husband Alberto 
and 2 children to Florida to visit Pam 
Ramsdell Mitchell and daughter 
Elsbeth. Pam is expecting another 
baby in April. Teresa Marshall 
Tingley. husband and son Andrew 
also visited the Mitchells. Phyllis 
Shellon Higgenbotham is taking a 
breather from her job as a lawyer to 
take care of her new arrival that was 
born in October Page Breakell Beeler 
is doing volunteer work with the 
Charity League working with under- 



privileged 5th grade girls and the 
Garden Club as well as chasing after 
her daughter Kathryn Page Wendy At- 
tee Woodward is keeping busy with 
sons Teddy and Hunter. When not 
running after them, she's busy fox- 
hunting Lauren MacMannis Huyett is 
living in Vienna, VA where husband 
Bill IS a management consultant and 
she is looking after their two children 
Kate and Phillip Day Pritchartt Dodson 
is in Arlington, VA working as a pro- 
duct line manager for Bell Atlantic and 
taking care of daughter Katherine, 
Mary South Gaab is in Toledo, OH 
with husband Terry, son Terry and 
daughter Meghan, Lisa Hite is in 
Baltimore working for the Maryland 
Environmental Trust as a natural 
resource planner. She says it's a con- 
stant struggle to keep up with son Eli, 
She hears from Caroline White in NYC 
and Almee Kass who is finishing a 
screenplay; "Jimmy Swaggert. Pat 
Robertson, Jerry Falwell and The 
Temples of Doom," (Seriously'''') 
Betsy Byrne Utterback. Jim and 3 
children (2 boys. 1 girl) are living in 
Strafford, PA where Betsy has her 
own interior decorating/art consultant 
business, Betsy sees Louise Wright 
Shmucki, Sally Ann Sells and Julie 
Muchmore Cooney who is a realtor in 
Bucks County and lives on a farm. An 
unforgettable Independence Day for 
Janet Baldwin McColloch. Her 
daughter Anne was born and Anne 
and her husband watched the Liberty 
Weekend celebration on T V during 
labor! Kathryn Leonard DeWitt is living 
in Indianapolis with her husband and 
2 children Rachael and Nathan Jane 
Hubbard Sams has given up the 
sands of the desert and traded in their 
camels for a new baby boy whose 
name is Henry, Jane and family are 
living in Winnetka, IL Jenny Kelsey 
Brelning and husband Dick are the 
proud parents of daughter Kelsey 
Jenny put on a lot of weight but is 
exercising daily to get rid of it. 

As for the Russells, we're still liv- 
ing in sunny Palm Beach where I con- 
tinue with League activities, teaching 
Sunday School, playing tennis and in- 
volvement in the theatre. As I'm 
writing Alexander is bugging me to oil 
him like the Tin Man and Max is an 
accident waiting to happen so I'd best 
sign off! Thanks for your rapid 
responses but there are still some of 
you we are dying to hear about so 
please write next year' 



1983 



President 

Claire Cieszko, 38 Wood Duck Court, 

Hackettstown, NJ 07840 

Fund Agent 

Mary Ware Gibson (Mrs F. Brian), 

109 Tarpon Avenue, Galveston, TX 

77550 

Secretary 

Lea Sparks Bennett (Mrs Herbert 



M,), 2300 Beverly Drive, Charlotte, 
NC 28207 

Kathy Barrel writes from NYC She 
is a Registered Sales Assistant in 
Retail Sales at Oppenheimer & Co,. 
Inc and is still enpying the NYC Jr 
League, Betsy Birckhead is still living 
on Hilton Head and working for 
Russell E Brown & Assoc, as their 
front officer mgr Betsy sees Churchill 
Bird, Barbara Burns Wray '81 and 
Rose Boyce. Catherine Campbell Harris 
is teaching 5th grade in Amherst 
County, On the weekends she's 
traveling around VA, showing her Ap- 
paloosa, R,J. Coalminer, Anne Little 
Wooley writes from Charlotte where 
she is working in the bond dept, at 
Interstate Securities On Sept, 20, 
1986, Anne married Doug Wooley, 
Melissa Byrne, Elizabeth Taylor, Blair 
Clark Smith and Wylie Jameson were 
attendants; many other SBC ers attended, 

Mimi Kitchel writes from Nashville 
with the news that she married Bill 
OeCamp on July 12, 1986. Ellen Clare 
Gillespie, Lee Anne MacKenzie 
Chaskes. Suzanne Turner, Virginia 
Claus, Perry Liles '85 and Elizabeth 
Cahill '84 were bridesmaids. Bill is in 
the insurance business, and Mimi is 
getting her real estate license Becky 
Campbell is still living in Douglaston, 
NY and working as an editorial assis- 
tant, and doing some illustration jobs. 
On May 2, 1987, Becky will marry 
Bob Moravek. Suzy Ireland is living in 
Lexington, KY, working as a para- 
legal. On Dec, 27, 1986 she'll marry 
Ric Dupree Mason Bennett Rummel 
will be a bridesmaid Mason Bennett 
Rummel and husband Rick are now 
living in Falls Church, VA, Mason is 
still working at the Office of Mgmt 
and Budget and Rick works for 
Whitehall Labs 

Margie Johnson Springer is living in 
Tuscaloosa, She is in the process of 
getting her MBA, husband Rocky is in 
law school. Kit Gibson is still working 
at Chemical Bank as an Assistant 
Treasurer in Customer Service Kit oc- 
casionally sees Sue Gay, Cary 
Cathcart and Jane Dure '82 and she 
asks Dorinda Davis '82 to get in touch 
with her. Percy Grant is in the pro- 
cess of getting certified in Special Ed 
at the U of Vermont. For the past 2 
years she has worked at a Daycare 
Center for Special Needs Children. 
Melissa Byrne writes from NYC to say 
she is working hard and trying to 
save money for a European trip. 

Laura Murphy Jennings writes from 
CA where she and husband Patrick 
(married June 23, 1985) graduated 
from McGeorge Law School this May. 
Laura is working Business Litigation 
at Weintraub, Genshlea, Hardy. Erich 
and Brown, while Patrick is working 
toward his Masters of Law in Taxa- 
tion. Grayson Harris is still living in 
DC, She received her MA in Art 
History and is now working as a 
researcher at The Phillips Collection, 
helping them publish a catalog of their 
permanent collection Tresy Robinson 

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writes from Mobile. AL where she is 
still working at Overseas Hardwoods 
Co In her spare time she is working 
toward her MA in English at the U. of 
S. Alabama and tutoring a Cambodian 
refugee. 

Sarah Babcock, in Richmond, is 
working as a Systems Engineer for 
IBM and spending a lot of time travel- 
ing, and riding her horse. Libby Glenn 
is living in GA and working for Proctor 
and Gamble, In April 1987 she will be 
taking a temporary assignment as a 
team mgr in manufacturing. Libby 
has spoken with Mary Ann Albright. 
who is now living in LA., working for 
a big talent agency Mary Watt has 
been living in Richmond since gradua- 
tion, working as a commercial real 
estate paralegal for Browder. Russell. 
Morris. & Butcher She sees a lot of 
Bobble Serrano Black. Patee White. 
Nancy Cunningham, Angella Goodwin. 
Chrissy O'Connor '84 and Daughty 
Hagan '81 Sandy Ahern is now living 
in Chattanooga, working as an infant 
designer for Buster Brown Apparel, 
She's also busy planning her Feb 7 
wedding to Michael Simmons. 

Laura Mixon In Dallas is now work- 
ing on her MBA. specializing in Inter- 
national Business at the U of Dallas 
Barbara Esham writes the news that 
on March 21. 1987 she will marry 
Edward G. Hart III, Barbie is now liv- 
ing in Baltimore, working at Chambers 
Interior Design Firm Alice Cutting is 
engaged to Rick Lairribeer. they will 
marry on May 9. 1987 Alice is also 
working as a travel agent: she has 
spent two weeks in Africa and is still 
riding and training her horses Amy 
Boyce Osaki and husband John were 
married on June 15. 1986. Oesiree 
Bouchat was maid of honor. Amy and 
John live in Wilmington. DE, where 
John IS a Supervisory Park Ranger at 
Indendence Park and Amy is a Win- 
thur Fellow at the U, of Del, studying 
for her Masters in Early American 
Culture, Amy has seen Cheryl Kenney 
'84. Eleanor Wells. Susan Varghese 
and Desiree Bouchat. Desiree writes 
that she is living in Milburn. NJ with 
Cheryl Kenney '84 Eleanor Wells is 
living on Staten Island and is working 
for Bloomingdales in their Buyers 
Training Program 

Katie Grosvenor is in Aspen: this 
will be her 3rd winter to be working 
at the Crystal Palace, She is also 
working at a lewelry store called 
Bright and Shiny, Katie sees a lot of 
Cathy Moore 86 Elizabeth Taylor 
graduated from Wake Forest Law 
School in May She's now living and 
working in DC She lives with Mary 
Pope Hutson and Cheri Burritt '84 
Mary Pope Hutson is back from the 
Virgin Islands but still working for the 
Office of Territorial and International 
Affairs She handles the territory of 
Guam Lucy Chapman Millar and hus- 
band Ken were married on Aug 18, 
1986, Blair Clark Smith was matron of 
honor Wylie Jameson, Anne Little 
Wooley and Gretchen Wulster were 
bridesmaids Lucy and Ken live in 

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Atlanta Laura PofI Smith and husband 
Michael are living in Boulder, CO 
where Laura teaches English They 
are expecting their first baby in May, 
Adrlana Garza teaches fourth grade in 
Brownsville. TX and loves it. 

Amy Painter is living in Austin. TX. 
working for Alliance Bank as a loan 
assistant to the real estate lending 
dept. Amy will be married on May 2. 
1987 to Russell Hur Alicia Nygaard 
McNitI and husband Bill live in 
Corsicana. TX. Alicia is studying for 
her Masters in Liberal Arts at SMU. 
with a concentration in Art History. 
Miriam Baker Morris is an elementary 
school teacher in Birmingham. She 
and Clay enioyed a vacation in Europe 
this summer. Miriam sees Libby 
Schmltl Tarpley and husband Phil 
often Libby is working at Protective 
Life Insurance Co Donna Hedrick 
Aderholt received her MA in Personnel 
Admin, from Lynchburg Coll, in May, 
and works as a loan officer and 
economic planner at the Central Va. 
Planning District Commission, On Aug 
23. 1986 she married Howard 
Aderholt- Effie Holladay is living in 
Birmingham and attending graduate 
school. 

Wylie Jameson completed her MSEd 
in Jan, 1986 and has moved to 
Alexandria. VA She is now teaching 
11th grade English in Fairfax. VA and 
coaching cheerleading Wylie plans to 
go back to get her MA in English, 
Melodie Goodwin completed her 
Masters in Aug., and is teaching 7th 
grade in Wallace. SC Elise Wright is 
back in Miami after graduating from 
Interior Design School in Birmingham 
this May, She is looking for a job in 
the Commercial Interior Design field 
This summer Elise saw Tracy Tretiak, 
and Polly Clarkson Stein '82 at Libby 
Lee Gantt Castles s '82 wedding 
Wendy Chapin Albert and husband 
Tolly moved back to Baltimore. Wendy 
IS working at MCI in the Commercial 
Sales Division, and she's also an Area 
Rep for SBC- Wendy has seen Meg 
Price Bruno, Blair Redd and Kathy 
Barrett. Leslie Wright Root and hus- 
band Randy have moved back to 
Dallas Leslie is an Operations Mgr, 
with Pro Staff Personnel. In May 
Leslie and Patty Sheehy met for some 
sun and fun in the Cayman Islands, 

Phyllis Feddeler is working on her 
MBA in Finance and International 
Business at the Univ of S Fla,. and 
teaching two undergrad Business 
Policy classes. She spent last fall in 
London, and is anxious to go back 
Karen Kerlin is still living in Rockville. 
MD and working at the Georgetown 
Medical Center as a program- 
mer/analyst. She is also studying for 
her Masters in Computer Systems 
Mgmt- at the U of Maryland. Karen. 
Paula Campredon, Gigi Harsh and 
Barb Pratt recently got together in 
Georgetown to celebrate Paula's wed- 
ding Churchill Bird married Robert 
Douglas McMurrain on Aug. 20- 
1986 Amie Lisner writes that she is 
now store mgr, for Charivari after 



spending 2 years at Lord & Taylors, 
Wellesley Legier Oombek w'rites from 
Williamsburg She and husband 
Charlie are celebrating the birth of 
their first child, a girl — Kendyll 
Loren Dombek born Sept 25. 1986 

Diana Duffy Waterman and husband 
are expecting their first child in May 
of '87, Diana is a programmer/analyst 
for Northrop Corp, in Annapolis. 
Martha Riggs writes from Winston- 
Salem where she is working on her 
certification in Math She is also 
working part-time at a restaurant, 
helping plan the Winston Jr. League 
cookbook and making dolls, Blair 
Clark Smith and husband Steve are 
still stationed in Germany. They 
became parents to their first child. 
Elizabeth Allison Smith on July 8. 
1986 Mary Ware Gibson and husband 
Brian have moved to Galveston. TX. 
where Brian is doing his internship 
Mary is teaching first grade, and real- 
ly enjoying it Paula Campredon mar- 
ried Douglas Vaughn Snyder on Oct 
25. 1986. Karen Kerlin was maid of 
honor, Carolyn Kimbrough (who is 
getting married in Jan.) was a 
bridesmaid, Paula is working for the 
Franklin County Auditor, her husband 
works for Chemical Abstracts Gary 
Cathcart, Gigi Harsh and Barb Pratt all 
attended Paula's wedding. 

Shirl Carter is busy assisting her 
brother with his church. Apostolic 
Chapel in Shipman. VA, Her activities 
include Jr, Class Sunday School 
teacher. Treasurer of the foreign mis- 
sion and directing one of the choirs, 
Michelle McSwain will marry David 
Dowlen Williamson Jan, 3. 1987. Lee 
Anne MacKenzie Chaskes and Mary 
Margaret Cranz '84 will be brides- 
maids. Michelle is also in her first 
year of law school, Sally Archibald is 
still living in NYC. but now working 
for Gulf International Bank as a 
Foreign Exchange Jr, Trader She is 
also taking Italian classes in the eve- 
ning. Ellen Chaney is working as an 
analyst at Advanced Tech.. Inc. in her 
spare time she takes aerobics and is 
involved with the Jr, League, Ruth 
Lewin has been living in Naples. FL. 
working as the mgr, of the men's 
dept, for Robinson's, In Dec . Ruth 
will move to Palm Beach and begin 
working for Lord & Taylors. 

Ann Goldmann is still living in 
Dallas, She is a Sales Rep, selling in- 
dustrial and specialty chemicals in TX 
and adjacent states Rebecca Coggin 
Hubert works as a travel agent in 
Richmond, She and husband Richard 
have moved into a house outside the 
city. They also spent time vacationing 
in Bermuda. Germany and Switzer- 
land Bridget O'Reilly is working for 
Mitchell Hutchens Asset Mgmt as an 
Equity Research Assistant to a Mutual 
Fund Mgr Bridget recently became 
engaged to John Holmes Leslie Hor- 
nor has moved from Denver to 
Baltimore where she works for Barton- 
Gillet. a PR-Advertising/Graphic Arts firm 
Joan McGettigan is living in t^YC and 
working as an Associate Portfolio Mgr. 



for Sanford C. Bernstein and Co Joan 
reports that Kim Howell has moved 
from NYC to D C . but is still working 
for Saks Fifth Ave 

Gigi Harsh has been busy for the 
past 2 years In '85 she went to Italy 
and Greece to study Art History, then 
extended the trip to France, to visit 
her families from Jr Year Abroad, and 
Germany, She and Barb Pratt shared 
an apartment in Pittsburgh, Gigi is 
now in DC, working as a Mgmt, 
Trainee for the Smithsonian Institution, 
Claire Cieszko has been promoted to 
Mgr in the Access Cost Support and 
Federal Regulatory Implementation 
divison of Bell Communications 
Research She has been working hard 
and traveling a lot' In April Claire 
bought a townhouse in Hackettstown. 
NJ. Cindy Shirley is still working hard 
in Atlanta. She is now a consultant 
with The Bellows Mgmt Group, This 
fall. Cindy enjoyed a 2 week vacation 
to visit her family in Germany Pam 
Weekes is now living in NYC, This 
summer. Pam changed jobs, now 
works for Adrienne Vittadini. Polly 
Parker is still living and working in 
Ohio, but now is the Office Mgr In 
her spare time. Polly received her Real 
Estate License- 
Jane Byrd Wiley writes that on June 
21. 1986. she married Christopher- 
Pierre Terlizzi: they live in Devon, PA, 
Jane works for an architectural/in- 
terior design firm and studies interior 
design at night school. Philadelphia 
College of Art. Elise Wright has moved 
back to Miami from Birmingham She 
has a degree in Interior Design, is an 
Associate Member of ASID and is in- 
terviewing with commercial design 
firms. Nancy Ford Morris has become 
engaged to Kevin deWolfe Miller. 
Nancy is a sales assistant in the 
preferred stock dept, at Morgan 
Stanley & Co Ellen Clare Gillespie 
continues as a Syndicate Associate at 
Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. She 
shares an apartment in NYC with 
Heather Riegel. 

As for myself, this has been a year 
of change. Herb and I moved from WV 
to Charlotte in June, I went back to 
work at AT&T as an Assoc, Mgr, and 
Herb is settling into his |ob as a 
branch mgr, for First Union National 
Bank, We love Charlotte, and welcome 
all visitors. Again, many thanks to 
everyone who wrote, it's been great to 
hear from you 1 hope this, the 
FOURTH edition of classnotes for the 
Class of '83. finds each and all of you 
well and happy. Until next year,. 



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In 1974 a Pooled Life Income 
Fund for Sweet Briar College would 
have been an impossible dream 
without the help of Jacquelyn 
Strickland Dwelle '35. According to 
Julia Sadler de Coligny '34, Sweet 
Briar College's first director of 
Planned Giving, "When I began to 
promote a Pooled Income Fund for 
Sweet Briar, I offered to be a donor, 
but I needed someone else to join 
me. When I spoke to the Alumnae 
Board, Jackie Dwelle, a great friend, 
stepped forward and made it official 
by offering to be that someone else 
— and we were off to a roaring 
start." 

"Jackie," whose memorial was 
published in the Fall 1986 Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Magazine, mattered 
to the College in many ways during 
her life. Her contribution as a first 
donor to Sweet Briar's Pooled 
Income Fund, while less public than 
many of her other contributions, was 
one of great value to the College, 
making possible the establishment of 
the Pooled Income Fund. 

Her gifts to the Pool provided 
income for her during her life, grew 
in value over the course of their in- 
vestment in the Sweet Briar Pool, 
and came to the College's permanent 
endowment as part of the 
"Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle 



Library Fund" upon her death in 
March 198fi. Today many alumnae, 
parents, and friends have invested in 
Sweet Briar's Pooled Income Fund. 
They, like Jackie, matter to Sweet 
Briar in making this important form 
of support possible for the College, 
while reaping substantial benefits for 
themselves. 

Sweet Briar's Pooled Life Income 
Fund is a grouping of individual 
gifts in a single fund which is 
managed for the College by United 
Virginia Bank to realize a particular 
investment income objective in much 
the same manner as a mutual fund. 
Sweet Briar's Pooled Income Fund 
provides a yield of approximately 
seven percent to participants and is 
managed to maintain a steady level 
of growth in the Fund principal. 

Gifts to Sweet Briar's Pooled 
Income Fund provide a charitable 
tax deduction for the donor, income 
over the lives of one or more 
beneficiaries, and valuable support 
for the College's permanent endow- 
ment. If you are interested in further 
information about the benefits of a 
gift to the Pooled Income Fund, 
please contact F. Mark Whittaker, 
Vice President for College Relations, 
Box G, Sweet Briar College, Sweet 
Briar, Virginia 24595 (804/381-6161). 





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Trips sponsored by the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association in 1987 
Programs and dates are subject to change 

Grand Tour of France — Giverny, Normandy, the Loire Valley, Paris — May 30 - June 11 

Bicycle Tour of Holland — There are still openings. Ride on solid English bicycles. For all ages (everyone 
rides bicycles in Holland) — July 11-24 

Australia (including Tasmania) and New Zealand — November 2-21 

THE DEPARTMENT OF SUMMER PROGRAMS PRESENTS 

Sweet Briar Summer, 1987 



SUMMER RIDING 
PROGRAM 
May 8-31 

The Riding Program spon- 
sors a variety of clinics for in- 
struction on the advanced and 
schoohng levels. The clinics 
are open to riding instructors 
and qualified amateurs in- 
terested in improving their 
riding and schooling through a 
modern system. 

For information about this 
summer program contact: 
Paul D. (Jronin 
Director of Riding ' 
Box 6 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 
(804) 381-6116 



ELDERHOSTEL 
June 14-20 

Courses: 

Latin American Roots and Cuisine 

Founders of the World's Religions 

Appreciation of Classical Music 

Cost: $215 per person 

GESELL INSTITUTE OF 
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 

Two workshops for teachers, 
school administrators, school 
psychologists and other professional 
educators: 

June 22-24 A kindergarten screen- 
ing workshop, "Making the Transi- 
tion to School a Success." You will 
be trained to test children aged 4V2 
to 6. 

Fee: $215 ($195 if 2 or more from 
same school register) 

June 22-26 A school readiness 
workshop, "Preventing School 
Failure." You will be trained to test 
children aged 4 to 9. 
Fee: $315 ($295 if 2 or more from 
same school register) 



SUZUKI INSTITUTE 
August 2-8 

A residential program designed for 
violin and piano students (and 
parents) who study the Suzuki 
repertoire with a Suzuki teacher 
Cost: Fees vary 

DENNIS VAN DER MEER 
TENNIS CLINICS 
June 5 - August 9 

Ongoing tennis clinics for profes- 
sionals, adults and juniors 
Cost: Fees vary 

For information about these and 

other summer programs at Sweet 

Briar, please contact: 

Ginger Mitchell 

Director, Summer Programs 

P.O. Box AT 

Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar, VA 24595 

(804) 381-6151 



Please send me more information about the following programs: 

D Elderhostel D Dennis Van der Meer Tennis Clinics D Suzuki 
D Summer Riding Program D Gesell Institute of Human Development 
Name 



Address 



Telephone Number 



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ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



SUMMER 1987 





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ALUMNAE 



M A G A Z I N 



VOLUME 57. NUMBER 4 



SUMMER 1987 



2 Into Africa 

by Marilyn A. Ross 

6 " *I Speak of Africa and Golden Joys' " 

Henry IV Part II. V:iii,100 

by Elizabeth Few Penfield '60 

9 Music Library Finds Permanent Home 

by M. Alexandra Eddy 

10 Profile of an Eclectic: Galvin Moore Gentry '76 

by Cannie Crysler Shafer 78 

12 First I Am A Writer 

by Pamolu Oldham 71 

16 SWEBOP '86! 

by Joanna Moseley 

20 Winter Forums 1987: "Digging the Past" 

by Sarah Leach Davis 

22 From Dinners to Directories: Club News 

by Ann Morrison Reams '42 

25 Nominees for Alumnae Board 

28 Obituaries 

30 Notices 

32 Class Notes 

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Alumnae Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association, July 1, 1986-June 30, 1987: Judith Greer Schulz 
'61. Lynchburg, VA. President; Winnie Leigh Hamlin '58, Dallas. TX. First Vice President & Director of Clubs; Patricia 
Neale Van Clief '72. Lexington. KY. Second Vice President; Anne Wilson Rowe '57. Fredericksburg. VA, Secretary'; 
Anita Loving Lewis '4L East Berlin. PA. Treasurer (Finance Chairman); Jody Raines Brinkley '57. Richmond. VA, 
Alumnae Fund Chairman; Ethel Ogden Burwell '58, Grosse Pointe, ML Nominating Chairman; Nathalie Ryan Hoyt 
'72, Houston. TX. Alumnae Representative Chairman; Lyn Dillard Grones '45. Virginia Beach. VA. Planned Giving 
Chairman; Sarah M. Bumbaugh '54. Ocean City, NJ. National Bulb Chairman; Karin L. Lawson '74. Alexandria, VA, 
Continuing Education Chairman; Cannie Crysler Shafer '78, Narberth, PA, Financial Aid Chairman; Anne Stelle '78, 
Chicago, IL, Career Planning Chairman. 

Regional Chairmen: Anne Worboys Buske '61, Syracuse, NY; Barbara Sampson Borsch '59, Princeton, NJ; Ellen 
Harrison Saunders '75. Suffolk. VA; Mary Scales Lawson '70. Greenville. SC; Laura Campbell Walker '68. Miami. 
FL; Sheila Carroll Cooprider '65. O'Fallon. IL; Nancie Howe Entenmann '56, 'Toledo, OH; Deborah Ziegler Hopkins 
'73, New Orieans, LA; Kathryn Prothro Yeager '61. Wichita Falls. TX; Penn Willets Mullin '66, San Rafael. CA. 

Members-at-large: Cecily V. Schulz '85. Chariottesville. VA; Katherine Connors Cassada '86. Chariotte, NC. 

Members of the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar nominated by the Alumnae Association and 
elected by the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar: Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49, Richmond, VA; Anna Chao 
Pai '57. Livingston. NJ; Gwen Speel Kaplan '60. Wilton. CT; E. Elaine Schuster '58, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Ex officio: Mary K. Lee McDonald '65. Richmond, VA, Past President, Alumnae Association; Elizabeth Doucett 
Neill '41, Southern Pines, NC, Boxwood Circle Chairman, Fund Agent Chairman; Elizabeth Blackwell Laundon '69, 
Roswell, GA, Golden Stairs Chainnan; Virginia Newman Blanchard '60, Madison. NJ. Reunion Gifts Chairman; Claire 
Cannon Christopher '58. Winston-Salem, NC. Reunion Giving Chairman-Elect; Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57. Monroe. 
VA, Editor, Alumnae Magazine; Ann Morrison Reams '42, Lynchburg, VA, Director, Alumnae Association. 




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Cover: Author/photographer Marilyn A. 
Ross, after a strenuous 2000-foot des- 
cent by jeep to an animal preserve on 
the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, Tan- 
zania, caught this photo of a lion at 
rest. 

Inside front cover — Betsy Howie '89 
rappelling down cliff with the SWEBOP 
group at Raven's Roost on the Blue 
Ridge Parkway. Photo by Aubrey 
Wiley/Lync/iburg News & Daily 
Advance. 

Editor: Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57 

Assistant Editor and Class 

Notes Editor: Noreen Donnelly Parker 

Managing Editor: Ann Morrison Reams '42 

Design: Nancy Blackwell Marion '74, 
The Design Group 
Lynchburg, 'Virginia 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 
0039-7342). Issued four times yearly: fall, winter, spring 
and summer by Sweet Briar College Second class postage 
paid at Sweet Briar. VA 24595 and Lynchburg. VA 24506. 
Printed by Progress Printing Co.. Lynchburg. VA 24502. 
Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar College. Box E. Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. Telephone (804) 381-6131. 



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Text and photos by Marilyn A. Ross 
Assistant to the President and 
Associate Professor, Classical Studies 
Sweet Briar College 



Those who had been there told me 
that the landscape of East Africa 
would look like the scenery in the 
movie, Out of Africa. Kenya and 
Tanzania would be just like that, 
they said. They were right. Yet 
technicolor images cannot convey 
what it feels like to really be there; 
neither can words. Have you ever 
tried to explain snow to someone 
who has not experienced it? Or the 
Canadian Rockies to someone who 
has never been outside of Brooklyn, 
New York? 

Given its landscape, the special 
quality of its light and air, the sight 
and sounds of its manifold wildlife 
and the collocation of new and old 
ways of living. East Africa defies ac- 
curate portrayal by means of visual 
and verbal icons. I am pleased, 
however, to take this opportunity to 
describe my impressions of my 
wildlife "camera safari," a vacation 
trip which has left me with the most 
vivid memories of any trip I have 
ever taken. I urge anyone con- 
templating a similar journey TO GO. 
as soon as you can (so long as your 
back is good enough to withstand 
lots of jouncing), because what 
everyone has been saying is true: 
the native landscape and cultures are 
being transformed into something 
other. 

Upon arriving in Nairobi after 15 
hours of air travel, I went to the 
"Bomas," meaning the villages of 
Kenya, a large government pavilion 
and compound where the national 
dance company of Kenya performs a 
formal program of tribal dances and 
music. One can "relive" this ex- 
perience afterward by bringing along 
a microcassette tape recorder, as I 
did, to recreate the complex texture 
of that musical fabric: the voice line, 
the drum, the other instrumental ac- 
companiment, the dance steps them- 
selves sounding by means of the 



tinkling ankle bracelets worn by the 
performers. 

Also on display at Bomas are ex- 
amples of village architecture from 
different geographic regions of 
Kenya, a la the "living Museum" 
model to which we have grown ac- 
customed in our country. It was 
startling to learn that this living 
ethnological museum was begun 
years ago by a prescient Jomo 
Kenyatta, president of Kenya, so 
that the urban inhabitants of his 
capital could come to know the 
many distinct tribes which comprise 
their country. Even more incon- 
gruous was the realization that toda\ 
there are many children in Nairobi 
who have never seen a lion. 

If someone had told me, befon' I 
clambered into the landrover, that I 
would witness a midnight "kill," I 
would have opted to stay in my tent. 
Luckily I was unsuspecting and so 
was given the chance to see some- 
thing truly remarkable. It happened 
that we were in a tented camp on a 
riverbank in the Masai Mara game 
preserve, the Kenyan part of the 
Serengeti plains. Under the guidance 
of a driver and a professional spot- 
ter, several of us left camp at 9:00 p.m. 
in hope of seeing some nocturnal 
animals. We did, and it was especial- 
ly interesting to watch small foxes 
and a "kangaroo" hare, which hops 
on its back legs in an upright posi- 
tion. In our headlights glinted the 
eyes of hundreds of wildebeests, un- 
prepossessing antelopes, each animal 
passing us by in a long queue, part 
of a great annual migration entering 
the park in early July. When there 
was a lull in the game-viewing, I 
happily tried to find constellations 
new to me through the roof of the 
landrover open to the sky. 

Menace suddenly entered Eden 
when we glimpsed a prowling 
lioness. Quick maneuvering posi- 








tioned us immediately alongside, 
then behind her, and, as we watched 
her determined walk and the rippling 
power in her shoulders and back, 
we were certain that her purpose 
would not be thwarted. She ap- 
parently was unconcerned with our 
voyeurism; instead, she was engaged 
in an everyday routine no more 
remarkable to her, seemingly, than 
catching an early moming train 
would be for us. Our spotter skillful- 
ly played the searchlight over the 
landscape so that it would neither be 
too bright nor linger too long in any 
one place. In light like glimmering 
moonbeam we watched the big cat 
hunker in tall gr'ass at the edge of 
the clearing. Nearest her was a 
group of about 30 Thomson gazelles, 
small, gentle and strikingly-marked 



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in tones of tan, black and white. I 
braced myself for the death of one 
of these charming creatures. 

Quickly, the lioness sprang toward 
the clearing. She raced through the 
"Tommies" who leapt about in 
useless terror — their upward loft 
was higher than their foi'ward 
motion. Luckily for them, the cat 
wasn't going to bother killing a puny 
gazelle. Instead she ran straight at a 
lone wildebeest, whose dark coat so 
blended with the blackness that we 
hadn't even noticed him. He had no 
warning of her coming. He wheeled 
and ran, but after about 50 feet 
there was a cloud of dust as hunter 
and prey somersaulted together. Ten 
seconds later, when the dust had 
settled, we saw the wildebeest on 
his side, pinned to the ground. The 



lioness had her weight on top of 
him, with one front paw positioned 
immediately behind his front legs. 
With the other, she cradled his head 
and lifted it off the ground, twisting 
it somewhat so that neck and throat 
were exposed. She clamped her 
powerful jaws over his throat. Within 
about a minute, his struggling 
ceased and he was unconscious. In 
another minute he was dead from 
strangulation. The killing was 
remarkable for its bloodlessness, ef- 
ficiency, lack of torment and its 
naturalness. To the human psyche, 
the death of this one was somehow 
balanced by the lives of hundreds 
who had paraded before our eyes a 
short time before. And anyway, what 
was that fool wildebeest ever doing 
out there all bv himself? Was he 



diseased? An outcast? He should 
have stayed with the herd: in the 
jungle, an independent spirit is rare- 
ly rewarded! 

Many things happened that were 
hard to believe. Would you believe 
that a baboon who's invading your 
room can run straight to where 
you've stashed your chewing gum, 
swipe it, and race back out the win- 
dow all within 15 seconds? Would 
you believe that you can be looking 
smack-dab at a huge rhinocerous but 
not see it because surroundings and 
beast merge? Is it credible, in the 
midst of the jungle, to ask the 
pastry chef to whip up a special 
cake to commemorate the 38th wed- 
ding anniversary of traveling com- 
panions and then, when you cut it, 
to have it float off the plate because 



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Top: Yaw ning hippo. Lake Manyara 
\ational Park. Tanzania 

Center: Giraffe in the Serengeti. 
Tanzania 

Bottom: Ostrich in the Manai Mara 
Park. Kenya 

Right: Masai chUdren near Ngorongoro 
Crater Park. Tanzania 



it's been laced with so much rum? 
Does it seem reasonable that a herd 
of elephants moves so silently that it 
can come upon the scene, a mere 
100 feet away, and you not notice? 
Would you believe that, after only 
two weeks in the game parks, you 
can turn to your companion and hear 
yourself saying, with blase familiari- 
ty, "Oh, it's only another giraffe!" 

People debate about which animal 
is their personal "favorite." Some say 
lion or cheetah cubs. / think this is a 
cop-out: baby any things are almost 
always ingratiating. But I must ad- 
mit that I am partial to cheetah, and 
to see this rare and solitary cat flash 
bright golden-orange in the after- 
noon sun is as unforgettable as 
sighting your first scarlet tanager; 
you just didn't think there was a 
color quite like that in the world. 
Leopards lazing in the trees, with 
their paws dangling in the breeze, 
are good contenders, too. On the 
other hand, even the warthog has 
something to recommend him — 
busy little creature, tail carried 
ramrod-upright only when he's mov- 
ing, macho to the point of absurdity'! 
Of course, colobus monkeys or 
troupes of baboons are infinitely in- 
teresting to watch. And who would 
have thought that hippos could make 
such an endearing variety of squeals, 
snorts and snuffles as they cavort 
with each other! I never before 
realized how many shapes and sizes 
antelopes come in — ranging from 
the eland, which can measure six 



feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 
2,000 pounds, to the shy, ten-pound 
dik-dik, one foot high; and then 
there are the impalas and gazelles. 
Given their beauty and their com- 
plex social system based on personal 
bonds among individuals, the zebras 
get my vote. 

I am pleased to report that I did 
achieve the goal of seeing the "Big 
Five" — lion, elephant, leopard, 
rhino, buffalo. All the wildlife I saw 
was in seemingly splendid health — 
glossy coats, well-fed, active. Of 
course, I traveled right after the 
rainy season, which last year extend- 
ed into June, when the living was as 
easy as it should have been. I regret 
to say that the people of Kenya, 
especially those living in the "urban 
sprawl" on the roads leading to 
Nairobi, appeared stressed and in 
distress. 

Reasons for this are not hard to 
find. First of all, there are lots of 
people to support: status for the vast 
majority of Kenyan women is still 
determined by the number of 
children they bear. Also, the country 
is caught in a collision between a 
modern economy, based on money, 
and a traditional one, based on the 
bartering of goods (now forbidden by 
law). Unfortunately there are too few 
jobs to yield the money needed. I 
saw a number of large farms, on the 
scale of "agri-business," which were 
coffee plantations owned by Kenyan 
"nationals," the term applied to 
Europeans who hold Kenyan citizen- 




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ship. How much prosperity such 
crops, clearly grown for export, 
bring to the indigenous population I 
cannot say. I do know that the game 
preserves are being hard-pressed by 
those who want to cultivate more of 
their lands for food crops. 

I believe it will require much 
wisdom and even greater generosity 
of spirit to work out ways for the 
people and the wildlife to prosper 
together in the future. I fear it is in- 
evitable that the parks will become 
vast (they cover thousands of square 
miles) outdoor zoos, sealed off from 
each other. Many of the migration 
"corridors" between them already 
have been put under agricultural 
cultivation and farmers do not smile 
favorably upon herds of animals 
trampling down their crops. But how 
do you tell wild animals to stay 
within man-made fences? Do you 



shoot them when they wander 
"out"? How do you keep the 
poachers out when killing rhinos, 
elephants, leopards, zebras and 
many others is almost as easy as 
"shooting fish in a barrel"? (And 
what about the game wardens who, 
for a cut of the "take," let the 
poachers in?) How do you preserve 
the environment for elephants who 
literally are killing off their own food 
supply as they strip succulent bark 
from all the trees? Must you shoot 
them too? 

Africa has always loomed large in 
the Western imagination. Its beauty, 
its otherness, its mystery have 
sometimes preoccupied us. In our 
hearts, many of us have promised 
ourselves that we would go there 
someday. Go, before it is gone. And 
when you do, you may see me 
there, n 



TIPS FOR THE WARY TRAVELER 



• For half the time you'll be in elevations of at least 7,500 feet, rain 
forest territory, where mornings and nights are cold! Since you 
never go out on safari in the heat of the day, when the animals are 
snoozing, bring your flannels and your woollies for the fashionable 
"layered look" in clothing. Bring only one dress — the casual look 
is "in" 

• If you don't own a 35mm camera, invest in one and in a telescopic 
lens (I'd suggest a 200, or at most a 300mm one — one short 
enough to be used without a tripod.) Do NOT expect to get fine 
photos of the animals and birds by using a "point and shoot" type 
of camera. 

• When you're about to take a picture, be sure that your guide has 
turned off the van's motor, else the vibration will cause your pic- 
tures to blur. 

• The food is European cuisine and is wonderful; the water is com- 
pletely safe in Kenya, though chancey in Tanzania; the accommoda- 
tions everywhere are very comfortable, although some places run 
their electric generators only for a few hours in the morning and 
again in the evening. Get to the hot water in time! 

• Because prescription medications cannot be filled — not even in 
"pharmacies" — bring all that you need. Take along an antibiotic in 
case, like me, you come down with a nasty respiratory infection 
which you caught at home. 

• If you travel during the African summer, our winter months, the 
dust is said to be a real enemy: bring some filtering bandannas to 
wear over your nose and mouth (and take along plenty of zip-lock 
bags for your camera equipment and binoculars). 




Marilyn Ross is 
a summa cum 
laude graduate of 
Queens College 
(Flushing NY) 
with a major in 
Classics and 
holds a Ph.D. in 
Classics (with a 
minor in ar- 
chaeology) from 
Cornell Universi- 
ty. Before coming to Sweet Briar in 
1983, she was a graduate teaching 
fellow at Cornell from 1968 to 1972 
and she then taught from 1972 to 
1983 at Wells College in Aurora, NY 
where she was an associate professor 
and was active in matters of faculty 
governance. During several summers, 
under the auspices of various univer- 
sities, she studied archaeology in Italy, 
in England and in Greece at Olympia 
and on Kea. Her interests include 
photography and drawing: her illustra- 
tions of Geometric and Archaic pottery 
appear in the recently-published 
Hesperia Supplement XXI: 
Excavations at Pylos in Elis, bv John 
E. Coleman (1986). 



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" 1 speak of Africa 
and Golden Joys' "v 



Henrv IV, Part IL 
iii, 100 





By Elizabeth Few Penfield '60 
Associate Dean, College of 
Liberal Arts, University of 
New Orleans 

"Traditional tented safari" has an 
echo of colonial Africa in it, of gun 
bearers and ivory, Kilimanjaro and 
the elusive greater kudu. And while 
my Sweet Briar classmates have en- 
gaged in various exotic activities, 
being a booking agent for a way of 
life revived by Out of Africa heads 
the list. Theodora Hill Washer '60, 
late of Columbia, South Carolina, 
more recently of New York City, and 
now of New York, London and 
Nairobi, is just that. What's more, 
she has enlisted other classmates in 
the enterprise, lining up flights 
through Ellen Pringle Read (who has 
a travel agency) and providing out- 
posts in Charlottesville (Elizabeth 



Meade Howard), Lynchburg (Betty 
Forsythe Harris), Richmond (Jane 
Ellis Covington) and New Orleans 
(me). All this I had to see to believe 
and so was glad to be included in 
the first expedition of Traditional 
Tented Safaris, Inc. 

Together with Conny Richards 
Michelsen (Smith '62 and Teddy's 
partner) and Gail Lindbem Derzon 
(Vassar '58), Teddy and I flew from 
New York to Nairobi, where, after a 
brief period of decompression at the 
Norfolk Hotel ("Veddy British," pro- 
nounced the Kenyan customs of- 
ficial), we entered the time warp of a 
luxury tented safari. 

Fifty years ago our party of four 
would have been led by a profes- 
sional hunter, and we would have 
traveled with the camp, which would 
have been hauled in forty-pound 
loads by dozens of African bearers; 
now the camp preceded us, packed 



neatly in a seven-ton truck and ac- 
companied by a staff of nine, while 
our guide, Robin MacDonald, drove 
us in a Toyota Landcruiser to meet 
it. Then our two weeks would have 
covered a relatively small area; now 
we would spend most of our time in 
two widely differing national parks. 
Meru, our first camp, lies northeast 
of Nairobi where it is bisected by 
the equator and sits high at the feet 
of the Nyanbeni Hills. Amboseli, on 
the other hand, is south of Nairobi 
on the border between Kenya and 
Tanzania, right at the foot of 
Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arriving at our 
first campsite, on the banks of 
Meru's Kindani River, we found that 
with the exceptions of our means of 
transportation and our intention to 
shoot pictures, not game, little has 
changed about the luxury tented 
safari. 
Meals are cooked out-of-doors on a 



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coffin-sized bank of ash-covered 
coals and served in the mess tent by 
the head of the staff. Even breakfast 
has at least three courses, lunch two 
more. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 
precede dinner — wine and five 
courses — then coffee and a sweet. 
Hot, strong Kenyan tea flows 
throughout the day, beginning short- 
ly after sunup when it's served in 
one's tent, and of course after siesta, 
when it's accompanied by freshly- 
baked cookies or cakes. For those 
times when the day is going to be a 
particularly early or long one, the 
staff packs a breakfast or lunch. 
Then the meals are only slightly 
simpler; never a paper plate nor a 
plastic fork. Fresh fruit is served at 
every meal — pineapple, passion 
fruit, melon, pears, oranges — along 
with various local cheeses similar to 
rich Cheddar and to cream havarti. 
Ice was a boon we had not expected 
but were happy to have. 

Our tents were as akin to the pup 
variety I had known as silk to 
sackcloth. Flanked by its own 
shower and toilet tents, each sleep- 
ing tent comfortably contained two 
beds (not cots, beds), a dressing 
table, and enough space for all per- 
sonal gear. Mosquito-netted windows 
on all sides let in the breeze while 
keeping out the bugs (of which there 
were not many, but then I live in 
Louisiana). The zippered full-length 
door led to a protected entryway fur- 
nished with another dressing table, 
two chairs and two washbasins. And 
yes. we had hot water. Lots of it. 

Like those on safaris of old, we 
went on early morning and late 
afternoon game drives, Robin, our 
guide, tracking animals large and 
small. Although hunting is no longer 
allowed in Kenya and one cannot 
travel on foot within the game parks, 
much of the old excitement is still 
there on a traditional tented safari. 
Having a guide to teach you about 
spoor and the difference between 
cow and Cape buffalo dung is a far 
cry from the way many tourists see 
the parks as they careen about in 
minibuses; and approaching a rhino 
downwind, even from the armored 
protection of a Landcruiser, is far 
different from the more common- 
place static lookout near a salt lick 
or water hole. Ironically, the ban on 
hunting combined with the develop- 
ment and promotion of game parks 
has had the effect of making the 





animals as unquestioning of human 
presence as they must have been 
years ago, before humans became an 
identifiable threat. In Meru, for ex- 
ample, we kept waking things — a 
puff adder stretched full-length, sun- 
ning itself in the road; a lioness, 
lying odalisque-like, her eyes shut 
against the glare. 

What with Meru's ample rivers 
and swamps and Amboseli's plains 
and alkaline washes, we saw almost 
every kind of animal, from African 
hare to zebra (both Burchell's and 
Grevy's) with dramatic stops in 
between, notably dik-dik, gazelle 
(Grant's and Thomson's), giraffe 
(Masai and reticulated), lesser kudu, 
lion and oryx. Occasionally we would 
pass large families of warthogs who 
galloped away stiff-legged, their tails 
pointing to heaven, or we'd creep up 
on shy gerenuks who peered at us 
as intently as we at them. One day 



Opposite top: 

A tent for two replete with wash- 
stands and dressing tables awaits the 
weary in Meru. 

Opposite below: 

L to K: Guide. Robin MacDonald. Gail 
Derzon. Teddy Washer, Liz Penfield 
enjoy breakfast at Kindari camp, Meru 
National Park. 

This page, top: 

One of .Amboseli's (and Africa's) few 
remaining black rhinos casts a wary 
and near-sighted eye at interlopers. 

Above: 

A Masai woman watches over a group 

of the tribe's youngsters outside 

Amboseli. 



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Two young male elephants practia 
their fighting technique in Ambos> 



•e 
mboseli. 



in Amboseli, a large herd of 
elephants crossed our track, keeping 
about as much distance from our 
Landcruiser as between themselves 
as they sauntered with ponderous 
grace toward some undefined goal. 
Another day it was Cape buffalo, 
who manage to be both bovine and 
menacing, their curved horns fitting 
over their foreheads like matador's 
caps. 

But to mention big game in Kenya 
is only to mention the obvious. Be- 
ing with a guide in your own 
transport means being able to get 
away from whatever other tourists 
might be around. It means exploring 
a manyatta — a group of mud huts 
barricaded by a circle of thorn 
branches — abandoned so recently 
by a group of nomadic Masai that a 
razor blade still glinted from where 
it was tossed on top of a mud roof. 
It means getting to know the names 
of the game birds that run in front 
of you, that buzz up out of the 
grasses, that whir off into the bush. 
It means knowing the birds you 
dodge are guinea fowl and crested 
cranes and bustards and secretary 
birds and frankolines. being able to 
spot blacksmith's plovers and 
goshawks and kites and lilac- 
breasted rollers, seeing saddlebilled 
storks landing with their feet out in 
front of them, their wings gracefully 
back-pedaling. It means being able 
to stop long enough near a group of 
vervet monkeys to attract first their 
attention, then their curiosity, then 
their expeditionary forces. It means 
being able to identify the things that 
go bump in the night. 

The four of us embarked on our 
tented safari expecting two weeks of 
a way of life few people these days 
can or do lead, a life of servants and 
daily laundry and elegant dinners 
and beautiful surroundings. All that 
was there, of course, but what we 
glimpsed, in a small but supremely 




significant way, was Africa. Not the 
Africa of luxury lodges and mini- 
buses, not the Africa of film and 
travelogue, not the Africa of racism 
and turbulent politics, of poverty and 
disease, but the Africa of the bush 
— of birds and animals, flora and 
fauna, of tribes that go back to 
prehistory yet leave no monuments 
and have no written past. It is an 
Africa, as Beryl Markham wrote, 
that is "the cradle of mysteries 
always intriguing, but never wholly 
solved." This, I suspect, is the 
Africa of Karen Blixen. It is a 
privilege to share it. □ 



Selected Bibliography 

HiUaby, John. Jintnuy In llw Jade Sen. Chicago: 
.■\cadem\' Chicago Press, 1982. 

Insight Guides. Kcimi. Englewood. .\J: 
Prentice-Hall. 1985.' 

Isak Diiuscii's Alriai: biid^rs m llu Wild Cmi- 
Ihiciil I'lDii! lilt Wiila's Li/i tiinl Winds. San 
Francisco: Sierra. 1985. 

Jackson. Brian and Jonathon Scott. Tlir 
Marsh Linns. Boston: Godine. 1983. 

Jones. David K. Fncrs of Ki iiva. New York: 
W.H. Smith. 1978. 

I^akes: Richard E. and Roger Lewin. I-'ki/iIi 
I if llu- Lake. New York: Avon, 1983. 

.Markham, Bervl. Wc.'il ivilli llw Wind. 
Berkeley: North Point Press. 1983. 

Moss, Cynthia. Bnimils in llu Wild. 2nd ed. 
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. 

.\aipaul, Shiva. Xarll: ni Smilli New York: 
Penguin. 1980. 



Liz Fcuficld. a miiubcr af tlic UNO 
faculty since 1966. cliaind the 
frcslunan English department there 
from 1973 to 1980 and choired the 
Department of English from 1982 
thrinigh 1986. Author of three books 
about writing, slie has worked on 
local, regional and national projects to 
promote hi.siher literacy. IMiile chair- 
ing freshman English, she started the 
UNO/Greater New Orleans Writing 
Project, an affiliate of the Natitmal 
Writing Project designed to impnnr 
the teaching of writing. She serrcd as 
director of that program lor four years. 

Former co-editor of the Louisiana 
English Journal, she is a director of 
the National Council if Teachers of 
En.gUsh and is a member of that 
organization's College Section Com- 
mittee. She is ff/.sv; a member of the 



E.xeciitire Cinnmittee of tin 
Association of Departments of English 
(the Modern Language Association 's 
organization of English department 
chairs) and is an actiiv member of 
various professional organizations 
including the South Central Modern 
Language Association. The 
Organization (f Writing Program 
Administrators, the Conference on 
College Composition and 
Communication and the American 
Association of University Professors. 

In December 1986. Liz returned to 
Africa, spending two n-eeks "roving 
about the Salient. Samburu and the 
Mara." Next summer slie will be off to 
Africa again for a walking .safari in 
Kenya and "a look at an island in 
Lake Victoria that is truly wild." 



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Sweet Briar College 



Music Library Finds 
Permanent Home 



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By M. Alexandra Eddy 
Assistant Professor of Music 
Sweet Briar College 

The Junius P. Fishburn Music 
Library is now in what will probably 
be its permanent home. In the 1960s 
the collection was located in what 
serves currently as the choir room of 
the Babcock Fine Arts Center; in 
the 1970s it moved to the present 
studio art wing of the building; only 
in 1984 was it moved to its present 
location, a pleasant 1,000-square-foot 
area in the lower level of Babcock. 
The library's holdings (2,000 books, 
2,000 sound recordings and 3,500 
scores) include standard music 
reference works, over 15 current 
periodicals, biographies of composers 
and performers, standard literature 
in music theory and history, study 
scores, performing editions, collected 
works of important composers and 
recordings of classical and folk 
music. An important large collection 
of opera, oratorio and vocal scores 
was donated to the library by a 
former Sweet Briar professor of 
modern languages, Peter Penzoldt, 
from the collection of his mother, 
Sigrid Onegin, one of the great 
Wagnerian sopranos of the early 
20th century. Much of the piano 
music collection was donated by 
former music faculty member 
Miriam Weaver. The sound record- 
ing collection has recently been 
enhanced by a generous gift of 316 
recordings of a wide range of 
classical and Russian music from 
Chris Svoboda '84. In addition, the 
fine sound recording collection 
donated by Martha Ingles Schrader '41, 
housed in the Browsing Room 
of the Mary Helen Cochran Library 
will be cross-referenced in the 
Fishburn Music Library catalogue. 
The music library has five listening 



stations with new playback equip- 
ment to handle LPs and cassettes; 
thus music students at Sweet Briar 
have an extensive range of study 
materials in the areas of music 
history, theory and performance. 

A systematic overview of the 
music collection, undertaken during 
the fall, shows that the library has 
especially strong holdings in the 
areas of music reference, history, 
biography and theory. This is reason 
for pride, and it is the goal of the 
music department to strengthen the 
weaker areas of the library holdings 
over the next few years, in order to 
balance the collection and to make it 
an outstanding one overall. In two 
main areas there is particularly 
pressing need for further collection 
development. These include musical 
scores (string, woodwind and brass 
solo and duo music and concertos; 
string and wind chamber music 
[trios, quartets, quintets]; musicals 
and popular songs; piano music [solo 
piano, two pianos, collections of 
piano music]; sacred songs; 
miniature scores) and recordings (new 
performances of standard classical 
works; wind and brass music; music 
by living composers; recent early- 
music performances on authentic in- 
struments). While the music library 
holds some 2,000 recordings, the 
sound collection is generally old and, 
in many cases, in poor physical con- 
dition — for instance, recordings 
with bad scratches. The bulk of the 
collection consists of recordings of 
classical music made during the 
1950s and 1960s; thus, newer perfor- 
mances (not to speak of newer 
recording techniques) are not well 
represented. We plan to acquire 
compact-disc equipment and to start 
a collection of CD recordings. 

Plans have been made to fill in the 
gaps in Sweet Briar's collection of 
scores and recordings. While we 



have identified the areas of greatest 
need, we do not have adequate fund- 
ing within the regular departmental 
budget to address them all while 
maintaining the strengths we already 
have. We would certainly welcome 
any gifts of materials or monies to 
help us reach our goal. 

Our aim, now as always, is to 
make all the best materials available 
to Sweet Briar music students. □ 




M. Alexandra Eddy, a musicologist 
and violinist, has recently joined Sweet 
Briar's department of music, teaching 
music appreciation, history and theory. 
She also plays with the Piedmont 
Chamber Players of Charlottesville. 
She holds the Ph.D. from Stanford 
University. 



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Galvin Moore Gentry '76 

I P R O F \ ir~E O F A N E C L E C T I C I 



Were you at 
Sweet Briar to see 
Galvin Gentry 
gallop big "Beau" 
across the Quad 

on Guy Fawkes Day? Today that 
abundance of spirit is more produc- 
tively channeled, but Galvin still has 
a boot in two worlds, past and pre- 
sent, blending traditional quality 
with contemporary flair. 

Currently the upwardly-mobile 
yearn for antiques, imitate past 
fashion and decor and are gratified 
by renovating old houses. None of 
this is new to Galvin, who cherishes 
an abiding interest in fitting the 
good of the past to the needs of the 
present. Within her lifestyle lies the 
quintessence of the "have-it-all, use- 
it-all, be-it-all" '80s: she is horsebreeder, 
educator, farmer, entrepreneur, 
sometime-vet, antiquer, housebuilder, 
harvest hand, mechanic, weaver, 
woods[wo)man and riding instructor. 
Living now in the deceptively peaceful 
Maryland countryside, Galvin is the 
ultimate life participant. She lives, 
enjoys and accomplishes. 

Today Morgan horses graze the 
meadows and gentle hills of Galvin's 



By Cannie Crysler Shafer '78 



farm, prize-winning ponies delight 
all comers, acres of vegetables 
flourish, a pond beckons swimmers 
and boaters. This appealing scene 
was cut from whole cloth for it was 
not so in the beginning. 

Galvin has been working on a 
small house on her parents' land 
since Sweet Briar days. The 
150-year-old farmhouse needed not 
only renovation but rebirth. I joined 
her to peel and pry plaster and 
lathing until only a shell remained 
standing. To see the original form of 
the house unveiled was to relive its 
history and during our years at SBC, 
Galvin and I moonlighted at the farm. 

We built a 40'x20' bunkhouse, filled 
the barn loft with bales of hay, moved 
beehives, dug potatoes with an antique 
plow and continued to prepare the 
little house for restoration. 

Cold January weekends were spent 
energetically cutting trees and split- 
ting wood with Galvin's father and 




learning to weave 
with her mother. 
Sheep were 
brought to the 
farm to supply 
wool for the looms and Galvin soon 
mastered carding, spinning and dyeing. 
This definitely qualifies as "doing 
things the hard way for fun"! After 
work, relaxing by a fire on these winter 
evenings gave Galvin time to plan the 
next venture. 

Since the essentials were at hand 
(horses, ponies, our newly-built bunk- 
house, fields of food, a riding ring and 
boundless enthusiasm), why not have a 
summer riding clinic! And why not 
add swimming and arts and crafts? 
All we needed to complete the plan 
was beach sand for the pond. 

That fireside-inspired riding clinic 
grew into a successful summer 
camp, sacred to countless Baltimore 
children. The steady stream of 
campers has gathered the breakfast 
eggs from the henhouse, eaten 
"homegrown" honey on its bake- 
oven bread, untiringly stroked the 
pet rabbits and each year has been 
pulled grandly, if grudgingly, in a 
cart by the resident goat. More im- 
portant, Galvin has sought to instill 
an appreciation of nature, a compas- 
sion for animals and an ability to 
liw and play by the rules. 

My camp summers meant adven- 
tures with the growing herd of cows. 
Barn chores were constant and in 




Photo by Baihara u 



progress long 

before the first 

camper woke. We 

chased wanderers, 

corralled, loaded, 

unloaded, fed, watered, groomed, 

medicated and, on occasion, served 

as midwives. We delivered my 

favorite calf, Noah, in the woods 

during a rainstorm. 

Galvin's affinity for animals led 
her to design, create and market her 
own line of handmade, handpainted 
wood toys (using only natural 
materials, of course). These were 
also used to charm and instruct the 
children in her woodworking classes 
at the Cedarcroft School in Baltimore. 

An unrelenting schedule of school 
hours, farm demands and business 
obligations also has a slot marked 
FUN and Galvin shares it generous- 
ly. One such slot contained a deer 
(named Delight) that came to the 
farm via a veterinarian who asked if 
Galvin would nurture an abandoned 
hours-old fawn. Delight loved her 
spot on the hearth, close by the 
goat, rabbits, cats, dogs and for- 




tunate humans who drove great dis- 
tances to spend an evening in her 
company. 

There is a serious side to the 
animal scene. Galvin's intuitive in- 
stinct to befriend and train has add- 
ed good business to great pleasure. 
Her horses and ponies have always 
done well on the show circuit, and 
recently she has created a collection 
of antique carts, wagons and car- 
riages. Amish friends have made 
authentic tack and accoutrement. I 
have contributed my husband. Win, 
as a willing groom in the carriage 
entries. Galvin is presently training 
her Morgan stallion. Brie. He is only 
eight years old but was Grand 
Champion of the My Lady's Manor 
Driving Club Annual Show in June 
'86. Also, in the spring, he won 3rd 
place in the Middletown Pony Club 
Combined Driving Event. This was 
their first large combined driving 
event; Galvin and Brie were awarded 
"Best Novice Entry." Brie recendy 
took the blue ribbon at the Planta- 




tion Driving 
Club's Combined 
Driving Event. 
However, Galvin 
believes that Brie 
enjoys most taking Cedarcroft and 
summer camp children for cross- 
country carriage rides. 

The farm and the lifestyle con- 
tinue to enlarge. A log addition to 
her original house now holds 
carefully-collected country pieces, all 
lovingly brought to life again — 
chair seats recaned, surfaces shined, 
atmosphere restored. 

A past president of the SBC 
Baltimore Club, Galvin has been 
1976's class president since gradua- 
tion. Perhaps your paths may cross: 
if so you are in for the treat of 
stimulating company and of seeing a 
liberal arts attitude in action. But 
don't forget to pack your L.L. Bean 
boots! D 

The photos on these pages show Galvin 
with some of her menagerie, working on 
her 150-year-old farmhouse, at 
Cedarcroft School, and putting her 
Morgan stallion. Brie, through his paces. 



Connie Shcifcr. with an MA in 
educational administmtion from 
Villanova University, holds 
teaching, coaching and ad- 
ministrative posts at The Episcopal 
School in Mcrion. PA and is the 
proitd mother of nine-month-old 
daughter, Francie. Husband Win. 
also at Episcopal, teaches biology. 
Each summer the Shafers transport 
their own growing menagerie (three 
cats, a young boa constrictor named 
Feather and various sometime- 
animal guests) to Camp 
Susquehannock in Brackney. PA. 
where they are the assistant 
directors of the girls' and boys' 
camps, respectively. Cannic is on 
SBC's Alumnae Board, chairing 
the Alumnae Daughter and 
Financial Aid committees. 



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Picking up the piione months ago 
to the voice of Nancy Baldwin was a 
fine surprise. Nancy interviewed me 
years ago and was largely responsi- 
ble for my going to Sweet Briar. So 
once again when she asked me what 
I was doing with my life, I agreed to 
tell. So did my turkey, Elvis, gob- 
bling outside the window in his 
make-shift Graceland. 

So what am I up to ? First I am a 
writer. I live in a very small town 
called Cameron, a Scottish land 
grant community with its obligatory 
main street (Hwy 24-27) lined with 
white clapboard houses, picket 
fences and churches. At the foot of 
the hill sits Phillips Store and Grill 
where each morning I drink coffee 
with the regulars — pulpwood cut- 
ters, farmers and those "working 
public." It is here that I listen to 
Thelma who says, "Every man 
pushes up in my face is a drunk," 
that is, since her husband died. Or 
Warren, a (55-year-old ready for sum- 
mer with his Mohawk, honorary 
fireman's badge and year's harvest of 
CROP walk pins, who'll tell who 
died in a fire over the weekend — 
only that weekend might have been 



First 
I Am A 
Writer 

By Pamolu Oldham '71 



two years ago. There's Two-Ton-Fun 
and a semicircle of men out front 
watching the road, scuffing a foot 
occasionally, spitting now and then 
to mark their territory. Mary 
Childress, patient as the moon, 
cooks up breakfast for the whole 
slew and my .30 cent half cup of 
coffee. 

I spend a lot of time listening, 
closing my eyes and smelling the 
woodstove in the clothes in winter, 
the cocoa butter pomade, the sour of 
oak and maple or the sap of pine. 
Being a writer means a lot of 
listening. 

Cameron is about 15 miles from 
Sanford, where I grew up. I am in 
Cameron because of land five miles 
away where I built a house — land 
through my mother's side of the fami- 
ly, the only piece she owned by herself 
and which she bequeathes to me. 

After receiving the M.F.A. in fic- 
tion at Columbia University, I came 
back to this spot, moved a two-story 



log house (250 years old) from 20 
miles away, added on to it, and after 
a period of three years of restora- 
tion, moved in. The corners of the 
house are dovetailed, the ax marks 
still in the logs. The walls are 
boards 30 inches wide. Light floods 
the rooms — some windows are 
bubbled old glass, others from an 
Exxon station gone florist shop. On 
one window you'll still see "Find us 
fast in the yellow pages." I live with 
Lisa Morphew, an artist, and Jess, 
her daughter. We have filled the 
house with art — Lisa's large ex- 
pressionistic paintings, her figurative 
photographs of older female nudes, 
Jess's bright wood sculptures, prints 
(one by Denny Mullen '70), pottery, 
folk pieces. Over one plate glass 
window in the kitchen stretches an 
8' X 4' cubist fish painted for a fish 
market nearby. In the bathroom with 
its 16-foot ceiling are Japanese 
prints, stained-glass windows from 
the Methodist church I grew up in 
and French doors to the flower 
garden outside, where in a couple of 
months Lisa will grow outrageous 
glads, Johnny-jump-ups, iris, 
bleeding heart, coreopsis. 





250-ycar-old log boiinc before and after rcsfomrio/i 



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Sweet Briar College 



Rosetta O'Neal, one of the poets 
contributing to Old Age Ain't for 
Sissies, at her home. 



Beyond the flower gardens stand 
the pottery kilns, conventional gas- 
fired and raku. Lisa hand-builds 
large, fragile pots. These pots are 
not so unlike poems or stories; in 
both the breakage is high. And with 
all, the work must go where it has 
to go. The surprise is the drip of 
red, the flash of copper or the phrase 
that comes off the page and turns your 
ear. There are also metal sculptures like 
dinosaurs grazing. One I did several 
years ago, which was included in a 
show at the North Carolina Museum 
of Art, is nothing more than a 
rusted plow wing with gearshift 
reaching into space with the 




bleached, bony fin of a sea turtle. 

Together Lisa and I formed 
Crane's Creek Center for Creative 
Studies, Inc., a nonprofit arts/educa- 
tion organization which sponsors 
workshops in writing, pottery, 
photography and, later this spring, in 
film. In the house, the yards and the 
woods beyond, many have found an 
environment that nurtures risk- 
taking, vulnerability and companion- 
ship. We are fortunate to have lured 



writers such as Reynolds Price, 
Doris Betts, Louise Shivers, Bobbie 
Ann Mason to this place in the 
country, and they too have benefit- 
ted; for the audience of writers, 
housewives, golfers from nearby 
Pinehurst and Southern Pines, 
students and farm workers often 
lack the traditional academic 
"reverence," which can be so stifling. 
For instance, when Reynolds Price, 
in response to the question as to 
whether there was still a "Southern" 
literature, answered that he didn't 
know what kind of literature would 
be written in the trailer park, a man 
who loads fertilizer at the PCX 




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June Belle's house, moved from town 
to contain writing studio, painting 
studio and darkroom. 



piped up, "I got something right 
here." He then proceeded to floor us 
with his novel about a busty 
neighbor in short-shorts, driving a 
pink Mustang. At the workshops 
folks eat quiche and huge salads and 
spend all day. As a result of the 
workshops, we're bringing out The 
Crane's Creek Review which will be 
on sale by April and which includes 
poems by Australia's A. D. Hope, a 
visiting professor of creative writing 
at SBC in 1971 and through the 
years a friend. 

Another project of our Crane's 
Creek Press has been Old Age Ain't 
For Sissies, an anthology of poetry 
by older poets in Cumberland Coun- 
ty, NC, which I edited and which in- 
cludes portraits of the poets by Lisa. 
Two representative poems from the 
anthology show the concreteness, the 
rhythm and the earnestness of 
experience: 



The Disappearing Husband 

My husband didn't ,stov home. 
I don't know where he went. 
I reckon he went every where. 

After women, maybe. 
Maybe, rabbit hunting, 
could have been coon, possum. 
He was after something. 

I reckon lie found it. 
I reckon lie did. 

Nola McLaurin 

Listen to the wisdom of Leroy 
Gibson's poem: 

Sugar is sweet. 
Lard is greasy. 
Honey, if you lore me, 
don't be uneasy. 

Old Age .Ain't For Sissies has sold 
out, but we plan to republish by the 
year's end. 

In addition to the workshops and 
Crane's Creek Press, we have also 
restored a 7,000 square-foot general 
store into an art gallery. In the 
1880s, the building was the largest 
general store between Atlanta and 
Richmond. That was back when 
Cameron was the dewberry capital 
of the world. Before we began the 
building's restoration, most of 
Cameron was boarded up; in the 
"commercial" district, windowsills 
were rotting, bricks powdering. With 
photographs of our building, Lisa lay 
the groundwork for Cameron to be 
placed on the National Registry of 
Historic Sites. Since the opening of 
the gallery with a national exhibition 
juried by Beth Schneider, then of 
the National Gallery, Cameron has 
slowly been restored — the corrosion 
both architectural and emotional has 
been somewhat halted. We are still 
working for a town where color lines 
are not denoted by the railroad track 
and where everyone receives at least 
minimum wage for a day's work. 

We have also moved Miss Vera's 
house five miles out of town to the 
farm in order that this quaint two- 
storied Victorian house would not be 
leveled. Now we are moving June 
Belle's for a bona fide office for me 
and studio space and darkroom for 
Lisa. Virginia Woolf was absolutely 
right. We do need "a room of our 
own." I hope by the time the Sweet 
Bn'ar Alumnae Magazine comes out 



the house will be firm on its founda- 
tion. Moving a house — coordinating 
movers, power companies, phone 
company, highway patrol — is as 
hectic as running the Rose Bowl 
Parade. And I am pained to mention 
that our gallery was hit twice by 
transfer trucks, once after having 
been open five weeks, the second 
time only four days later. Breughel 
would have relished the scene left by 
the second truck — Superwoman 
coloring books. Care Bear videos, 
puzzle pieces of the Eiffel Tower — 
$77,000 worth everywhere and all 
the townsfolk "gettin' somethin' for 
the baby." 

In addition to writing, restoring 
and sponsoring workshops, I am an 
instructor of English at Fayette\'ille 
Technical Institute. The institute 
borders Ft. Bragg and Pope Air 
Force Base, so we have a lively and 
diverse student body — retired 
sergeants, topless dancers, high 
school students and old-guard com- 
munity members. The classroom is 
rich with experience. Once a major 
from the Vietnam Army who had 
had to flee, leaving his family in 
order to save his life, visited me 
during a late afternoon office hour. 
He said he wanted to read my palm 
and so began. After minutes we both 
understood. He had only wanted to 
hold a woman's hand and yet not 
betray his wife — he had not been 
telling a future but only his present. 
I once helped trim a Christmas tree 
with a brilliant topless dancer from 
the Pop-A-Top Lounge — a student 
in the short story course. She had 
grown up in a very small town called 
Sparta, NC, in the mountains and 
said she used to pretend the huge 
rocks near her house were dinosaurs 
and that as a child she would ride 
them. I will never forget her. I was 
lonely that Christmas too. 

At present I am busy working on 
a novel tentatively titled Luce, for 
which the National Endowment for 
the Arts has recently awarded me a 
$20,000 fellowship to finish. I 
include the first two pages here. 

So, Nancy, I hope these words do 
the trick and that with them you 
would let me in again to Sweet 
Briar. D 



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Luce 

Luce dug into the blue can for another worm. She closed 
her eyes and her fingers played in the tangle at the bot- 
tom where the dirt stayed moist and cool. Finally she 
stretched one away from the wad and fed him onto the 
hook and slung the worm and cork into the water where 
the cork, like a globe shot through by a red axis, sat perky 
and ignorant on the solid face of the pond. 

Then she gave herself to waiting and the sun mild 
on her face. Shutting her eyes she breathed in the 
scent of cow from the barn on the hill, the gable bare- 
ly visible if her eyes had been open. Again she saw 
Henry Moser's lean body mount the steps to the loft. 
Through two miles of dark he had come to find her 
like an egg in a nest. 

"Over here," she had whispered. He made his way 
toward her, mindful of the open shoots above troughs 
where the cows and mules blinked awake. 

"Here," she said. She liked the shape of it out her 
mouth. 

She watched him in the strips of moonlight move 
toward her. Her whole body breathed for him. Her 
nose sought his smell above all others. He was odd 
and she liked his oddness so she gave herself to him. 
She loved his huge hands that lingered in his pockets 
when he looked at her. His eyes were blue as chicory 
that anybody knows fades white and is no good if you 
pick it, if you demand a single thing from it or 
transport it. That was his eyes and his hair was dark 
and wavy. Since he did not talk much and since he 
had a way it seemed with a cow or a mule, the way 
he could ease it over with his big hand and his low 
voice that nobody could make out, easing its fear 
away, since this was all true. Luce gave him her 
whole passion. It was bigger than he could know or 
ever would know, but the time had come and she had 
given It to Henry Moser because she could not wait. 




Paiiiiiln Oldham took as many auirscs 
in creative ivrifing at Sweet Briar as 
she could, and gradnatcd ivith a major 
in English. She holds an M.F.A. in 
fiction from Columbia University and 
is a graduate (f the Radeliffe College 
publishing procedures program. Her 
fiction and poctiy have appeared in 
The Brambler, Ink, Columbia 
Reader, Agora, Shield and Diamond 
and Spectra and she is represented in 
the short story anthology Love Stories 
By New Women and in the poetiy 
anthology New North Carolina 
Poetry: The Eighties. Author and 
poet, she is painter sculptor and 
teacher as well. The founder and 
editor of Crane 's Creek Press, she is 
also co-director of Crane's Creek 
Center in Cameron. NC 



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15 



SWEBOP '86! 




.4bo\e; Clockwise from man in center: 
raft guide Bo. Kim Judy (SWEBOP 
director). Mary Albergotti (student af- 
fairs). Kathleen Baur '89. Elizabeth 
Evans '89. Julie Lindauer '88. Legare 
Davis '89. Katie Richardson '89. 

Opposite: SWEBOP hang gliders at 
Kittv Hank. \.C. l-r: Beth Donald '89. 
Gina Pollock '89. Kim Judy (SWEBOP 
director), Karen Greer '89. 



By Joanna Moseley 
Exchange Scholar 
St. Andrews University, 
Scotland 



"Yes, Mum, I had a great 
weekend, we went hang ghding in 
North CaroHna, camping by the 
ocean, and next weekend we may be 
going white water rafting. Oh, and 
then there are hiking trips 
and, ..Mum, how about buying me a 
new parka for Christmas?" 

"Joanna, are you at camp or college? 
Did you win this scholarship just to 
spend your time with SWEBOP? I 
thought you were going to become so 
sophisticated at Sweet Briar,.." 

Twelve thousand miles and a vast 
ocean did not lessen the surprise 
and puzzlement I could sense in my 
mother's voice as I recounted mv 



first few days at Sweet Briar. Had I 
really come all this way to America, 
leaving behind me the windy beach 
of St, Andrews University, Scotland 
to be bitten, frozen and bruised on 
SWEBOP camping trips? 

As a matter of fact: yes. I had! 
Less than eight months before, I had 
been explaining to a group of erudite 
British professors why Sweet Briar 
was number one on my list ot schol- 
arships offered, and along with the 
academic opportunities, its small size 
and beautiful campus.. .SWEBOP 
had indeed ranked vevy highlv. 

SWEBOP is the Sweet Briar Out- 
door Program, open to all students 



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and offering great opportunities, 
especially for foreign students like 
me, to leave campus and spend ex- 
citing days or weekends in places as 
diverse as North Carolina, Penn- 
sylvania and Virginia. A SWEBOP 
weekend might not turn out to be 
what you had expected, but with 
Kim Judy, the SWEBOP director, it 
is always fun, challenging and very 
rewarding. 

The fall program began with a 
September 6 hike to Panther Falls: a 
hearty group of 19 was led by Mary 
Albergotti (student activities pro- 
grammer/resident coordinator) and 
Susan Detweiler '88. The beautiful 



day allowed us to lie on the rocks 
and top up the summer suntan, 
swim by the waterfall or just sit and 
munch on the famous SWEBOP tra- 
ditional standby of "gorp" (good old 
raisins and peanuts), which was in 
abundant supply. 

A week later another seven 
students were on their way to 
Annapolis, Maryland in search of 
fun and excitement on a windsurfing 
weekend with Kim Judy and Ellen 
Smith '87 as student leader. Renata 
Leckszas '85 had kindly invited 
SWEBOP to spend the weekend at 
her home, for which the group was 
most thankful: the trip proved to be 



a great success (in spite of jellyfish). 
Everyone enjoyed the wonderful 
weather, and according to Kim, 
revealed themselves to be quite 
skillful windsurfers. Thank you, 
Renata, for giving SWEBOP this 
holiday! 

Kitty Hawk, NC was the destina- 
tion for the September 19 trip: hang 
gliding was the goal. Beth Donald '89 
assisted Kim Judy as student 
leader, and a group of seven other 
students formed the excited team. 
After a seven-hour journey (which 
had numerous 7-1 1 stops and a pic- 
nic in a delightful highway stop), a 
tired group airived at Oregon Inlet 



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Jennifer Munson '90 rock-climbing nl 
Fool's Face. Blacksburg. V4. 

.4( the Sweet Briar Outing Cabin: l-r 
Pauline Hanson 'H9, Bliss Hartnian 'S7. 
Kate Hartnian '9(). Allison Lea '90. Claire 
Williams '90. Courtney Quaintance '90. 
Jennifer Munson '90. Joanna Moseley. 
Suzanne Szak '90. Janeen Lane '90. 
Andrea Schutl '90. Leslie Braginetz '89. 





Campground, only to find that it was 
fully-booked! But do not fear, 
SWEBOPers are a determined 
bunch; we soon persuaded the guard 
to allow us to set up camp inside. 
After much fumbling and an on-the- 
spot nighttime lesson in tent-erecting 
SWEBOP was finally ensconced and 
we fell into our sleeping bags. Next 
morning, after a walk on the beach 
and a paddle in the ocean (which for 
me was a first), we set off for the 
Hang Gliding Center. We began with 
a film on safety instructions and 
techniques and a glimpse of en- 
thusiasts soaring off mountaintops 
and across valleys. The profes- 



sionalism of the instructors, their 
knowledge and helpfulness were 
most impressive, allaying some of 
our fears. Our mountaintops turned 
out to be a series of very large sand 
dunes: unfortunately, due to the lack 
of wind, the top is where most of 
the group seemed to spend the after- 
noon. Some of us were lucky enough 
to have a couple of flights, however. 
In my case that is somewhat of an 
exaggeration; more like a run, a 
jump, a few nervous pushes and 
pulls and before I knew it, a rather 
awkward landing headfirst on the 
golden sand. We did have a few 
stars in the show, among them 



Cathy Killick, a visiting student 
from Royal Holloway in England, 
who gracefully glided through the 
air, landing feet first each time and 
without a hair out of place! "Let's 
hope Sunday is more successful for 
me," I sighed that night as we fell 
off to sleep, having spent the even- 
ing in the cinema after a delicious 
outdoor Mexican dinner and a tent- 
moving session to a more secluded 
spot nearer the ocean. Little did I 
know the drastic effects of mosqui- 
toes in one's tent all night. ..next 
morning as we set off at 7:00 for the 
center, I discovered rather nasty 
bumps all over my legs — and I 
wasn't the only one! This put "paid" 
to my hang gliding career, but left 
me the chance to bask in the sun 
and watch the rest of the group 
become quite proficient hang gliders, 
as that day the winds were a little 
more favorable. 

Indeed the weather did not seem 
to be much on our side fall semester. 
Some of the trips planned had to be 
cancelled at the last minute, for ex- 
ample caving and white water canoe- 
ing trips, which Kim hopes to 
reschedule for spring. 

For me the best weekend was the 
early October white water rafting 
trip down the Yaugh River in Penn- 
sylvania. A convoy of vans and a car, 
packed with 21 SWEBOPers (from 
Spain, France, Germany, England 
and the USA, led by Kim Judy, Mary 
Albergotti and Mina Von Voss '87) 
traveled up to Ohiopyle State Park 
and spent the night under the stars 
and between the trees. After a 
hearty meal cooked over the fire, 
ghost stories and much laughter, we 
turned in to sleep before the big day. 
And then came the rain. ..Cathy 
Killick and I could have felt rather 
at home in this weather had it not 
been for the fact that I was sharing 
one sleeping bag between two and 
Cathy's tent was flooded. She was 
spending the night in the van! "This 
is the outdoor life, it's what 
SWEBOP's all about, it's fun," I 
tried to persuade myself. Finally I 
resorted to "Well, it's character- 
building at least!" 

Such horrors were soon forgotten 
when next morning we set off for 
the river (which had risen quite high 
overnight), donned our wet suits and 
waterproofs and climbed into the 
rafts. Life really began to get ex- 
citing then: a journey which usually 



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lasts five hours took us two as we 
sped down the river. Always taking 
the "hero's" route, we crashed 
through the waves, swerved round 
rocks, dived into rapids and paddled 
madly along the quieter stretches. 
With only one "Girl overboard!" we 
reached the end of our journey far 
too quickly and, despite the rain, I 
am sure everyone would have liked 
to go back and do it all again! We 
were wet, cold and tired, but very 
happy. 

Sweet Briar is most fortunate in 
having its very own outing cabin on 
campus. October 17 Kim Judy, 
assisted by yours truly, took 13 
students up there for a cabin- 
orientation overnight trip so that 
they may become cabin leaders 
themselves and enjoy using it 
throughout the year. It is a great op- 
portunity for us just to "get away" 
sometimes and is always a lot of 
fun. This trip was no exception; 
everybody chipped in to help light 
the wood fire and stove, cook a love- 
ly spaghetti dinner, followed by 
banana boats, and listen to the all- 
important safety instructions and 
rules which make the trips possible 
and successful. But SWEBOP is not 
just a survival course in outdoor life, 
helping us to learn about our own 
physical skills; it is also a time to 
make new friends, enjoy the com- 
pany of those who share common in- 
terests, exchange ideas with people 
from other areas and countries and 
have lots of fun and laughter. We 
left with memories (which we will 
cherish for a long time) of lying and 
chatting in our sleeping bags in 
front of the fire, packed in like 
sardines. 

Another part of the outdoor pro- 
gram provides study breaks during 
the week, such as the trip to 
Charlottesville to learn about the 
National Outdoor Leadership School 
and the experience of spending a 
month camping in Alaska. We had 
the wonderful opportunity to visit 
the home of Carolyn and Curtis 
Crump, listen to their personal tales 
of life in Alaska and see their 
beautiful slides of the countryside. 
In November Kim showed us an ex- 
cellent film about the thrills and 
dramas of white water kayaking, apt- 
ly named Liquid Madness. 

As a foretaste of the semester's 
weekly skiing evenings at 
Wintergreen, a group of us watched 



Ski the Outer Limits, a breathtaking 
film about acrobatics on and above 
the snow. And for those whose 
parents were unable to come to 
Parent's Weekend, Kim arranged the 
annual Orphan Annie Hike to Peaks 
of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
Although fog obscured the beautiful 
views which make this area famous, 
the students still managed to have a 
good time. 

Whilst many were enjoying the 
glitter of the Fall Dance Weekend, a 
small group of us headed for Cole 
Mountain and a hike along the 
Appalachian Trail. Once again this 
was an international group, playing 
the guitar and listening to Spanish 
songs along the way. After an ex- 
hilarating hike to the top we had a 
beautiful panoramic view, with wisps 
of mist, and rewarded ourselves with 
handfuls of the perennial supply of 
"gorp." Due to the thawing snow the 
trail had become a little slick, mak- 
ing the descent somewhat faster for 
me, so busy talking that I slipped, 
stood up and slipped again, to the 
amusement of fellow hikers. But it 
wouldn't be SWEBOP if I didn't 
return dirty and bruised! 

The last trip of the fall was the 
day spent rock climbing and rappell- 
ing with Ferrum College at Fools 
Face, Blacksburg. This was a 
challenging but satisfying day for 
those who braved the face, climbed 
to the top and rappelled down again 
(Marta Hernandez, visiting student 
from Spain; Jenny Munson '90; Beth 
Nelson '87; Kim Judy). The rather 
more experienced rock climbers 
from Ferrum were very friendly and 
patient with the SBC novices and 
Kim was an admirable instructor, 
constantly encouraging us and giving 
support. As SWEBOP photographer 
(i.e. too much of a coward to par- 
ticipate), I felt proud to be part of 
this group representing the College 
in such a healthy and positive light; 
SWEBOP '86 finished on a happy 
and successful note. 

Thank you, Kim, and all the stu- 
dent leaders who helped you! □ 




Joanna Moseley 

RS. 

On Saturday May 2nd I finally 
overcame my fear of heights and 
climbed a face at Raven's Roost on 
the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a 
personal and fulfilling achievement 
indeed, and yet, without the en- 
courgement of Kim Judy and her 
fellow SWEBOPers, I would not 
have made it. 

Without Sweet Briar, I would 
never have had the opportunity. 



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19 



W I N T 



DRUM 



Digging the 
Past 

By Sarah Leach Davis 
Assistant Professor of 
Classical Studies 
Sweet Briar College 




Sarah Leach l)a\is 



Winter Forinns. 
sponsored by the 
Sweet Briar 
Alumnae 
Association and 
begun in 1974. arc 
a scries of 
Wednesday Diorii- 
ing lectures 
focusing on a 
theme of general 
interest to Sweet 
surrounding coin muni- 



Briar and tin 
ty. The Winter Forums Committee, 
which selects the topic and the 
speakers, consists of Sweet Briar 
faculty and staff alumnae and 
monbers of the Amherst and 
Lynchburg communities. Members if 
the 1987 committee were: Sarah 
Leach Davis, chairman: Jean Love 
Albert '46: Dean A. Robin Bowers: 
William Fell: Janet Lowrcy-Gager: 
Helen Smith Lewis '54: Mark 
Magruder assistant professor dance: 
Elvira Whitehead Morse '48: Noreen 
Donnelly Parker: Harriet Pollack, 
assistant professor English: Ann 
Morrison Reams '42: Betty Frantz 
Roberts '40: Marguerite Trotter: and 
Kenneth Wright, professor classical 
studies, with Frances Swift as 
secretaiy. 

The January '87 series drew over- 
flow crowds: even the last lecture, 
which took place during our infa)iu>u: 
'87 "snow .season." was very well- 
attended. 




Catherine Seaman 

What do tree rings and family 
trees have in common? Or the yard 
of the Peyton Randolph House in 
Colonial Williamsburg and the banks 
of Partridge Creek at Stapleton, 
Virginia? Each provides a context for 
discovering the past, the theme of 
the 1987 Winter Forums lecture 
series. Under the title, "Digging the 
Past," the program examined fertile 
ground in four areas: family records, 
tree-ring patterns and excavation of 
both historic and prehistoric 
settlements. 

Sweet Briar's own Catherine 
Seaman, professor of anthropology 
and sociology, and a beloved friend 
to many in Amherst and Nelson 
Counties as well as to the Sweet 
Briar community, opened the series 
on January 7 with her presentation, 
"Digging for Ancestors." Using for 
her example the family tree which 
she produced as a result of her re- 
cent study of the Lee family in 17th- 
century Virginia, she encouraged her 
audience to organize both their in- 



Peter Kuniholni 

quiries and the results and directed 
them to the various public sources of 
family records in Virginia which 
might aid their research. Ad- 
monishing them to remember that 
there are skeletons in every family 
closet and that traditions often im- 
prove in the telling, she nevertheless 
urged them to search for and to 
delight in the unexpected. 

Explaining that "archaeology 
without dates is like a railroad 
without a timetable," Peter 
Kuniholm, associate professor of 
classical studies at Cornell Universi- 
ty, delivered an explanation of den- 
drochronology (tree-ring dating) and 
the fruits of its application in 
Turkey, northern Greece, Yugoslavia 
and northern Italy. Armed with 
wood samples, a magnifying glass 
and numerous slides of Byzantine 
buildings whose construction dates 
had been deteimined by study of the 
tree-ring patterns on interior beams, 
he moved from the historic into the 
prehistoric past and demonstrated 



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vv 



u 



IVI 




Marley R. Brown, III 



Perry Tourtellotte and Claudia Chang 



the precision and potential of such a 
technique in dating buildings for 
which no documentary evidence of a 
date exists. Shortly before his arrival 
at Sweet Briar on January 14, the 
Alumnae Association was delighted 
to discover that he is the nephew of 
Elizabeth Lankford Miles '29. 

The history of excavation at 
Colonial Williamsburg and, in par- 
ticular, on the grounds of the Peyton 
Randolph House, was the subject of 
the talk given on January 21 by 
Marley R. Brown, III, director of 
Colonial Williamsburg's Office of 
Archaeological Excavation. Mr. 
Brown discussed the Foundation's 
change in focus in recent years, from 
restoration to reconstruction, and the 
resultant re-excavation during the 
past five years of some areas first 
explored in the '50s and '60s. 

Completing the series on January 
28, Claudia Chang, assistant pro- 
fessor of anthropology at Sweet 
Briar, whose energetic leadership as 
excavation director on the Sweet 



Briar campus is already known to 
Sivcef Briar Alumnae Magazine 
readers (cf. Winter 1985), joined her 
husband, Perry Tourtellotte, in 
presenting a report of last spring's 
excavation of an Indian site beside 
Partridge Creek at Stapleton, 
Virginia. Small mounds uncovered 
there by receding floodwaters in 
November 1985 proved to be trash 
pits and a burial left by members of 
the Late Woodland culture, who 
lived along the eastern seaboard of 
the United States between 900 and 
1600 A.D. 



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21 



CLUB 



From Dinners 
to Directories: 
Club News 

Bv Ann Morrison 
Reams '42, 
Director, Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Association 

A few different appmachcs 
have added to the success of 
some of our club programs 
this year Perhaps these will 
suggest something your club 
can do which will be fun 
and new and supportive of 
Sweet Briar Several groups 
which had not met for some 
years are again getting 
together. 

Brief summaries of each 
club which had some formal 
program during the past 
year follow. Tlu)se marked 
with an asterisk include 
something slightly unusual. 



W S 

AMHERST/NELSON 
COUNTY had as its speaker 
Tom Connors, the new vice presi- 
dent for business affairs and 
treasurer of the College, when 
members met for a noon luncheon 
at the Wailes Center on campus to 
celebrate Sweet Briar Day. Louise 
Swiecki Zingaro '80, assistant 
director of the alumnae associa- 
tion, was chairman. A spring 
meeting was held in the Alumnae 
House lounge in April for the bulb 
project. Sandra Stella Horwege 74 
is president of the club. 

ANNAPOLIS Club has 
become revitalized this past year 
with Pam Henery Arey 71 as 
president. Members decided that 
although they had been meeting 
with the Baltimore group, they 
would like to have their own addi- 
tional meetings several times a 
year, primarily to help interest 
prospective students. Members 
celebrated Sweet Briar Day with 
the Baltimore group, and were in- 
vited to a lecture-tea in Columbia, 
Md. in March with them and with 
Washington, D.C. alumnae. This 
special occasion came about due 
to the meeting of presidents of 
women's colleges being held in 
Columbia. The Honorable Barbara 
Mikulski, llnited States senator 
from Marvland. was the speaker. 

.\TLA\TA CLl'B has been 




.At the Fairfield County cliniicr. counterclockwise from front 
left: hostess Lynne Gardner Detmer '68, President Fry, 
Lucy Giles Richey '61, William Orendorf, Leslie Ludington 
Orendorf '72. Anne Parker Schmalz '62, Mary Gary Ambler 
Finley '67 iWestchester County, i^Y). 

busN', as usual. The year started 
with a meeting of a planning com- 
mittee which was composed of 
alumnae who had I'esponded to a 
questionnaire asking who would 
be interested in becniuing involved 
with club activities. Highlights of 
the year included another suc- 
cessful visit to Atlanta by SBC 
seniors who met with alumnae in 
professions and fields of special 
interest to the students. Carter 
Hunter Hopkins '68, director of 
career planning and LIFETIMES 
Center, worked with alumnae in 
setting up the program and ac- 



companied the group on the tour. 
Rossie Ray Speel '74 and Anne 
Edmunds Hansen '82 along with 
Nancy Hatch '79, club president, 
and Kathy Taylor Erickson '80 did 
a fine job of pulling this valuable 
program together. The club also 
had Dean Bowers speak to them 
at a cocktail buffet in April. 

"BALTIMORE, in addition to 
the Sweet Briar Day luncheon and 
its participation in the Columbia, 
Md. gathering, had a very success- 
ful, different kind of program. 
The group had a special tour of 
the Backermann House arranged 
by Kathy Kavanagh '74 who is 
now director of de\'elopment at 
the Walter Museum. This was 
followed by luncheon. A spring 
meeting was also held with 
Margie McGraw McDonald '60, 
club president, in charge. 

BIRMINGHAM, AL cele 
brated Sweet Briar Day with a 
"Bloody Mary" luncheon at the 
home of Cheryl 'Viar LIpchurch '74 
to which everybody brought part 
of the menu. Lochrane Coleman 
Smith '76 was in charge. Harriet 
Pascoe '82 is president. 

CENTRAL OHIO (Columbus) 
participated in an Old Dominion 
Day last September. Gale Hull 
W'hetzel '71 was the contact for 
this affair. Betsy Kurtz Argo '67 
and Muffy Hamilton Parsons '78 
are working to revitalize this club. 

CHARLOTTE held a wine and 
cheese .gathering in February at 
the home of Frances Shannonhouse 
Clardy '66 to plan spring pro- 
grams. The club is in the process 
of de\-eloping a networking or 
research directory which should be 
ready by summer. Betsy B. Liles '82 
and Perry Liles '85 ser\'e as 
co-presidents. 

CHARLOTTESVILLE used a 
slightly different format in 
celebratin.g Sweet Briar Day this 
year, with a morning coffee held 
at the home of Elizabeth Copeland 
Norfleet '30. This small group of 
alumnae which doesn't consider 
itself a club, celebrates this occa- 
sion e\'er\' \'ear \'er\' successfulh' 
with .good attendance. They also 
do a wonderful job of selling bulbs 
luider the chainiianship of Betsy 
Williams Gilmore '30. 

CHATTANOOGA had a very 
busy year. Hed\' Edwards 
Davenport '4,3 and Joe entertained 
President Fry. Mark Whittaker 
and me with a lo\'el\' cocktail buf- 
fet at their home. There was an 
excellent turnout. Molly Johnson 
Nelson '64 was elected the new 
president. Joe took us visitors on 
a grand tour of the city, including 
a visit to the Girls Preparatory 
School. Sweet Briar Da\' was 
celebrated with a supper at the 
home of Peggv lohnson Curtis '72. 

CHIC.AGO'Club always has the 
pleasure of President Fry's 
Ijresence at its Sweet Briar Da\' 



luncheon. Chicago is her home 
and she goes there to spend the 
holidays. Karen Kuhlman '78. 
president of the club, was chair- 
man of this event. Karen will be 
joining the board of the alumnae 
association this fall as chairman of 
region VII. 

♦CINCINNATI is another club 
which participated in Old Dominion 
Day. The October event was an 
afternoon ri\'erboat cruise with a 
band and cash bar The club also 
hosted a dinner party for Presi- 
dent Fry and me in mid-March — 
a beautiful affair. Winsy Walker 
Johnson '7.3. club president, was 
in charge. 

•COLUMBIA. SC participated 
in the third annual Commonwealth 
Day for all alumnae lix'ing in South 
Carolina. It was an earh' .May barbe- 
que with a band and cash bar. 
Ann McCullough Floyd '58 was 
Sweet Briar's contact for this event. 

•DALLAS had a fall luncheon 
to plan programs for the year. It 
was held at the home of Lisa 
Wra\' Longino '78. co-president; 
each person was asked to con- 
tribute a specific dish. In January, 
the group met at the home of co- 
president Ellen Sellers McDowell '77 
to hear a program presented by 
Rebecca McNutt. assistant pro- 
fessor of music at Sweet Briar. 
Professor McNutt talked about the 
music department at the College 
and its renewed offerings. She 
gave a demonstration lecture 
which all found delightful. A bulb 
kickoff luncheon was held in April 
with Lucy Darb\' Cole '78 han- 
dling arrangements. Dallas 
alumnae also participated in the 
Texans in Virginia party held last 
summer. The\' are x'ery proud that 
Ouija Adams Bush '43 was a reci- 
pient of the Outstanding Alumnae 
Award presented during Founders' 
Day last fall. 

DENVER entertained Nancy 
Church, assistant director of ad- 
missions, last Octolier. Nancy was 
on a recruiting tour for prospec- 
tive students. Alumnae enjoyed 
hearing late news of the campus 
at an evening gathering. 

DETROIT alumnae par- 
ticipated in a November Old 
Dominion Day cocktail-buffet. 
Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 was the 
Sweet Briar contact. The 10 or so 
alumnae who attended had a fine 
time. In late .April, Alice Love, 
director of admissions and finan- 
cial aid. was the speaker at the 
spring meeting held at the home 
of Nancy Hudler Keuffel '62. Bulb 
information was also .given out: all 
were encouraged to increase bulb 
sales this year because of the 
great demand for additional finan- 
cial aid. 

FAIRFIELD COUNTY. CT 
held a lovely dinner honoring 
President Fry, .Mark Whittaker 
and me in October at the Coinitrv 



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President Fry (center right, in light-colored dress) with alumnae from the Washington/Baltimore area at the meeting 
of the presidents of women's colleges in Columbia, MD in March. 



Club of Darien, CT. As is the 
usual format, President Fry spoke 
briefly about the latest news of 
the College. Lynne Gardner 
Detmer '68, club president, was in 
charge of arrangements. Alumnae 
gathered again in April at the 
home of Ginny Squibb Flynn '32 
to discuss bulb sales, pick up 
books and enjoy getting together. 

GREENSBORO held a morn- 
ing coffee at the home of Rinda 
King deBeck '63 in celebration of 
Sweet Briar Day. Audrey Belts '45 
is president of that group. 

GREENVILLE, SC alumnae 
journeyed to Spartanburg last 
October to join alumnae there for 
lunch with Judy Greer Schulz '61, 
president of the alumnae associa- 
tion and me, director. We were at- 
tending a meeting at Converse 
College of women's college alum- 
nae association presidents and 
directors. All had a grand time, 
especially since it had been quite 
a while since anyone from the Col- 
lege had paid a visit to that area. 

HOUSTON alumnae are in the 
process of putting together a 
resource directory. They gathered 
during the Christmas holidays for 
lunch, arranged by club president, 
Martha French Roberts '75. The 
group is looking forward to having 
Dean Robin Bowers visit them 



next October when they will have 
a family barbeque at Carl 
Detering's father's plantation. Kit 
Newman Detering '76 is the newly 
elected president of the group. 

*HUNT COUNTRY (in nor 
thern Virginia) instigated its first 
Family Day last summer. It was 
held at the Middleburg Tennis 
Club, where everybody enjoyed 
tennis, swimming, picnicking, ball 
games, etc. Each family was 
assigned what to bring. All pre- 
sent and prospective students 
were also invited. It was so suc- 
cessful that it has been established 
as an annual event. Charlotte 
Taylor Miller '55 is president of 
the group. Alice Love, director of 
admissions, was a special guest 
this spring and talked about the 
enrollment situation at the Col- 
lege. It was also the time to 
discuss bulb sales and 
scholarships. 

INDIANAPOLIS alumnae 
celebrated Sweet Briar Day with a 
luncheon at the Woodstock Club. 
Judith Brown Fletcher '71 was in 
charge of the event. Mary Virginia 
Grigsby Mallett '49 is club 
president. 

LYNCHBURG alumnae 
gathered in mid-December at the 
home of the club president, Debra 
Marks Bryant '77 to celerate the 



holidays with a late afternoon 
Dusiness meeting, wine and 
cheese. In early January, Sweet 
Briar Day was observed with a 
cocktail-buffet at the home of Pam 
Larson Baldwin '64. Rebecca 
McNutt, assistant professor of 
music at Sweet Briar, gave a lec- 
ture/ demonstration, talking about 
the current music department, and 
ending the program by playing a 
selection of pieces on the piano. 
The spring meeting was at the 
home of Mary Morris Gamble 
Booth '50 in the late afternoon at 
which time bulb materials were 
given out, and a discussion was 
held about how to increase sales. 
Each alumna present was given a 
workbook with instructions. The 
speaker was Dean Robin Bowers 
who explained the strategic plan- 
ning program which has been in 
process all year at the College. 

NAPLES, PL and near-by 
alumnae were treated to a lunch- 
eon at the home of Mary Whipple 
Clark '35 in late January. 
Elizabeth Vanderbilt Crampton '39 
was chairman of the event. 

NASH'VILLE alumnae enjoyed 
a party honoring President Nenah 
Fry given by President Emeritus 
Harold Whiteman and Deedie. 
Mark Whittaker and I were also 
included. This was held in mid- 



October in their lovely town house. 
A spring meeting for "bulbs and 
business" and tea was held in late 
April at the home of Nancy Keene 
Butterworth Palmer '51. Nashville 
is proud that Dotsie Woods 
McLeod '58 will start serving her 
four-year term as an alumnae- 
elected member of the Board of 
Overseers of the College July 1. 

»NEW YORK got started last 
fall with a meeting held at 6 p.m. 
at the apartment of Toni 
Santangelo Archibald '80. Two 
Sweet Briar video productions 
were shown, one of President 
Nenah Fry discussing the College, 
and the other, of the general col- 
lege program, prepared by the ad- 
missions office. The resource 
directory was updated during the 
winter months. The November 
meeting was held at the office of 
Claire Dennison Griffith '80. 
Cocktails were available at 5:30 
with the meeting starting at 6:00. 
Sweet Briar Day was held at the 
Princeton Club with Alice Love, 
director of admissions, as speaker. 
Club members always entertain 
Sweet Briar students who are 
working as interns in New York 
during January; this was done at 
the home of Sarah Porter 
Boehmler '65. The spring meeting 
was held at Fran Griffith 



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Tidewater Club's tennis "team" l-r: Molly Reeb Clark '77, 
Anne Evans Gorry '64. Lisa Nelson Robertson '76. Anne 
Dickson Jordan '45. Mary Perkins Traugott Brown '45. 
Sally Old Kitchin '76. Eleanor Potts Snodgrass '48. 



Laserson's home. Each spring this 
club sponsors a big benefit. This 
year it was held in May at the 
Richard York Galler\'. 

♦NORTHERN NEW 
JERSEY had a late summer pic- 
nic which was called a "back-to- 
school-send-off." Beverages were 
provided and all were asked to 
bring their owti picnic and either 
hors d'oeuvres or dessert to share. 
It was held at the home of Anne 
Milbank Mell 71, president of the 
club. Anne also hosted the 
October prospective student party. 
Donna Walker, assistant director 
of admissions, was there and 
showed the VCR Admissions tape 
which is always well received. 
Sweet Briar Day was observed in 
January with a Sunday afternoon 
party at the home of Claire 
Dennison Griffith '80 in Summit, 
N.J. The group also held a spring 
meeting. They were pleased that 
Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 was a 
recipient of the Outstanding 
Alumnae Award presented last fall 
on Founders' Day. 

PENINSULA, VA alumnae 
had a luncheon at the James River 
Country Club in Newport News. 
"Wheats" Young Call '45 was 
chairman. Susan Anthony 
Lineberry '79 is president of the 
club. 

•PHILADELPHIA club re 
served a block of tickets for a 
special Philadelphia Orchestra con- 
cert in January; this was a good 
way for alumnae and their families 
and friends to get together during 
the dreary winter. Robin Christian 
Ryan '74 was in charge. She and 
Laurie Krecker Stulb '74 share 
the presidency. 

PRINCETON started its year off 
early in September when Martha 
Ann Fuller, assistant director of 
development (who is in charge of the 
planned giving program at the Col- 
lege), and I attended a delightful 



Sunday brunch at the home of 
Helen Cornwell Jones '40. A 
December Sweet Briar Day 
Luncheon was also held at 
Helen's. Special comments were 
made about the excellence of their 
student speakers. The club always 
has a very successful bulb selling 
season, thanks to its president. 
Helen Jones, who comes up with 
new ideas for promoting the pro- 
ject each year. The Shore area 
alumnae were included in this 
meeting. 

* RICHMOND alumnae have 
really been busy this year, and 
have done a good job of informing 
their own members what has been 
going on. Their news sheet which 
comes out every couple of months 
is eye-catching and full of informa- 
tion, not only about Sweet Briar and 
its local activities but also about their 
own members. One feature is a brief 
"profile" of new alumnae in the 
area. Alice Dixon '82 puts this 
together. Club officers include four 
"industry" chairmen who work in 
four professional areas and who plan 
programs for alumnae interested in 
those particular areas. This is part of 
their networking program. In 
October. Aileen Laing '57. Sweet 
Briar professor of art history, along 
with Virginia Museum docents con- 
ducted a tour of the new wing of the 
museum. A new club program is 
organi2ing a monthly luncheon at 
different restaurants, mostly in the 
downtown area, so that working 
alumnae can get together. This is 
strictly social. Margaret O'Conner '84 
and Mary Earle McElroy '84 
are in charge of this. The club 
had a late summer joint barbeque 
with Washington and Lee at the 
home of Sally Kabler Fiedler '66. 
About 100 people attended and 
had a fine time. In November the 
group held a wine and cheese 
gathering at the home of Sally 
Twedell Bagley '67 at which time 



they enjoyed a slide presentation 
and talk by the Magnolia Center 
for Special Equestrians. Alice 
Love, director of admissions, was 
guest speaker at the club's pro- 
spective student party held at 7:30 
one Thursday evening in 
December. Guidance counselors 
from local high schools were also 
invited. Allie made another visit to 
Richmond as speaker for Sweet 
Briar Day at the Woman's Club. In 
January, Rebecca McNutt was 
■scheduled to give her lecture- 
demonstration W'hich she had done 
so successfully for several clubs 
during the Winter Term, but this 
was cancelled because of critical 
snow conditions. Several profes- 
sional alumnae welcomed a select 
number of Sweet Briar seniors for 
a day of visiting, talking and con- 
sulting about careers. A spring 
meeting was also held. Becky 
Trulove Symons '79 is president 
of this group. 

ROANOKE invited Louise 
Swiecki Zingaro '80. assistant 
director of the alumnae associa- 
tion, to speak at the spring bulb 
meeting. Jocelyn Palmer 
Connors '62, wife of Sweet Briar's 
new vice president for business 
affairs, also attended. The 
meeting was held at the home of 
the club president, Molly Talcott 
Dodson '38, 

ROCHESTER, NY observed 
Sweet Briar Day with a luncheon 
held at the home of Mary 
Whipple Clark '35. Addie Kamke 
Cook '62 is president of the 
group. Pat Calkins Wilder '63 was 
in charge of the spring luncheon 
held at the Genesee Vallev Club. 

SAN DIEGO was part of the 
Sixth Annual Old Dominion Day 
Reunion last October. It was held 
at 6 p.m. at the Fairbanks Ranch 
Country Club. Lola Steele 
Shepherd '50 was the Sweet Briar 
contact. 

SAN FRANCISCO had an 
October luncheon at the home of 
Frederica Bernhard '24. The 
Sweet Briar Day luncheon was 
held at the La Mere Duquesne 
Restaurant during the Christmas 
holidays. Penn Willets Mullen '66 
is president of this club as well as 
a member of the board of the 
alumnae association as chairman 
of region X. the western part of 
the country. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 
group, though small, has a lot of 
fun together Last fall they held a 
summer picnic at the home of 
Polly Benson Brown '58 in Santa 
Monica. The Pasadena contingent 
hired a bus and drove over 
together. Katzie Bailey Nager '53 
is president of the club. Jean Ryan 
Kehl '44 hosted the fall luncheon 
at her home. 

ST. LOUIS celebrated Sweet 
Briar Day in October this year 
since Tom Connors, our new vice 



president of business affairs, 
would be in town for a profes- 
sional meeting and would be 
available as a dinner guest and 
speaker. Both Tom and the alum- 
nae reported a successful and en- 
joyable time. Jane Piper '74 was 
in charge of the arrangements. 
This group also took part in the 
Old Dominion Day last November. 
The bulb project remains a priori- 
ty for these alumnae. 

•TIDEWATER (Norfolk/ 
Virginia Beach area) group invited 
Ann Marshall Whitley '47, direc- 
tor of the Sweet Briar museum 
and historic properties, to be the 
speaker at its Sweet Briar Day 
obser\'ation in early December. In 
late February, they had their most 
successful project ever. The Sweet 
Briar alumnae tennis "team" 
challenged the Mary Baldwin 
alumnae tennis "team" to a match 
at the Princess Anne Country 
Club. The event took place from 
7-10 p.m. Refreshments were 
served and everybody had a grand 
time. Happily. Sweet Briar won. It 
was so successful that plans are 
afoot to make this an annual 
event. Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80. 
assistant director of the alumnae 
association, was the guest speaker 
at the April bulb luncheon. Jon 
Ohms, our bulb supplier, also at- 
tended and answered questions. 
The club has come up with some 
incentive prizes to help encourage 
bulb seUing among its members. 
Sally Old Kitchin '76 is president 
of the club. 

WASHINGTON has been very 
busy this year. Alice Love, director of 
admissions, spoke at the fall meeting 
at a coffee/dessert at the home of 
Dianne Cassedy Lambert '69. The 
guest for Sweet Briar Day was 
President Nenah Fry. Dianne 
Lambert. Anne Noyes Awtrey '43 
and Betty Gibson '48 handled the 
arrangements for the cocktail buf- 
fet held at the Washington Club. 
Several Washington alumnae 
joined those from the Baltimore 
and Annapolis areas in par- 
ticipating in the reception held in 
late March when presidents of 
w'omen's colleges met in Colum- 
bia. MD. The spring meeting was 
the bulb kickoff meeting hosted 
by Nancy Pesek Rasenberger '5L 
Several professional members also 
participated in the visit to the city 
by Sweet Briar seniors who ap- 
preciated the opportunity of talk- 
ing with alumnae in a variety of 
professions and positions. This is 
part of the club's ongoing net- 
working program." 



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Slate for 
Board of the 
Alumnae 
Association 

The slate shall be approv- 
ed by the Board at its spring 
meeting and upon approval 
will be published in the 
alumnae magazine. If there 
are no further nominations 
within four weeks, the slate 
shall be considered elected by 
consent. If additional names 
are received, the decision for 
the selection of the candidate 
will rest with the executive 
committee of the Alumnae 
Association. 

Article X. section 3 

of the Bylaws of the 

Alumnae Association 



and president of the parish council 
of St. Michael and All Angels 
Church '82 to '85, president of the 
Women of the Church '80 to '81 
and teacher of an adult Bible class 
from '81 to '89; served on Board 
of the Junior League of Dallas for 
most of the '70s and was ex- 
ecutive committee member from 
77 to '78; was recording sec. for 
the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts 
League. '79 to '80; was president 
of University Park School PTA 
from '78 to '79 and secretary of a 
committee to recommend the best 
form of government for Univ. 
Park; served on the St. Michael's 
School Board and on many other 
PTA boards; led a senior girl 
scout troop and was a Camp Fire 
leader. Mother, Maud Winborne 
Leigh '35, sister, Margaret Leigh 
'73 and aunt, Alice Leigh Caples 
'30 are all Sweet Briar alumnae. 
Winnie and her husband J. Davis, 
who is senior vice president and 
chief financial officer of Electronic 
Data Systems, have 3 sons. Jeff, 
23, John, 22 and Frank, 18. 





FIRST VICE PRESIDENT 
AND DIRECTOR OF CLUBS 
Winnie Leigh Hamlin "58 
(Mrs. J. Davis), Dallas, TX 

.'Miimnac Associalion: First Vice 
President and Director of Clubs, 
1985-present; member of Alumnae 
Board and Chairman of Region 
IX, 1977-83; president of the 
Dallas Sweet Briar Club '73-74; 
bulb chairman of Dallas '72-73; 
president of Atlanta Sweet Briar 
Club '67^68. 

Career and cnmmmuty: B.A. in 
religion, M.A.T. in English, Johns 
Hopkins L'niversity '59; taught 
H.S. English from '58 to '63; very 
active volunteer in the Episcopal 
Church — serves on the Board of 
the ECW Diocese of Dallas and 
the Board of Province VII of the 
Episcopal Church; vestry member 



TREASURER 

(FINANCE CHAIRMAN) 
Anita Loving Lewis '-H (Mrs. 
William P.), Elizabethtown 
PA 

.Alumnae Assoeiation: Member of 
the Alumnae Board and chairman 
of its Finance Committee. 
1985-present; class president/Re- 
union chairman, 1976-86; class 
fund agent, 1944. 
Career and eommitnity: B.A. in 
sociology and econo